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In Reply to: RE: Which Mahler 2 to start with? posted by hesson11 on April 12, 2017 at 17:33:53
The results are predictably all over the map, just like asking "Which monitor speakers should I check out?" on Speakers, or "Which dac sounds the most natural?" on Digital, or "Which under $1,000 cartridge do you recommend?" on Vinyl etc.
Do a Search for Mahler 2nd Symphony in the archives and you'll find plenty more versions rec'd. Hopefully you'll be able to narrow it down to a mere 30 or so solid AA rec's for conductors who "really understand Mahler". By the time you get done checking them out you may find a fave, but you'll never want to hear the piece again. Happy listening :-)
in the symphony, but didn't want to dilute the impact at the end.
We're all like blind men trying to describe an elephant based on what part of the animal they've touched (or, in our case, the subset of recordings of a given work we've actually heard!). As I've mentioned before, the closest I've come to hearing every available recording of a given standard repertoire work is with the Mahler Fifth, where I have (or have had) over 80 different recordings - but even in this work, I think that number represents only about half the total recordings that have been issued. And the more recordings of a given work I've heard, the less I've become convinced that there even is such a thing as "the best" one. Sure, I've got some favorites, but that's not the same, since each person's criteria include so many personal, subjective elements.
either you desperately need me to send you a shipment of drugs or I desperately need the drugs you ingest.
Holy Gustav, JHC, OMG and a screaming Yowza!!!
. . . more recordings of other individual works than I do of the Mahler Fifth - I'm thinking of Amphissa perhaps with certain works of Rachmaninoff, and there was one poster a few years ago who, I think, mentioned that he had over a hundred recordings of the Sibelius Second Symphony!
As for all my recordings of the Mahler Fifth, I was actually encouraged in this pursuit by my wife, who was on a quest for the perfect recording of that work (at least for her!), and she finally decided on a recording on the Acousence label by Jonathan Darling and the Duisberg Philharmonic. It's interesting that she ended up choosing an audiophile (2-channel) recording, even though she professes not to care about audiophile matters at all! ;-)
All I can say is........
Haha! I pretty much knew that, Rick, but thought this might be fun and, perhaps, informative. Thanks.
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