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Recording decisions

The decision to record the Mahler 3rd using the LSO by Solti and then Horenstein would not have been one that was taken by the LSO, IMO. In those days, labels made the decisions about what to record with which orchestras and conductors. Decca had an ongoing Mahler program with Solti, some of which was being done with the LSO, and Unicorn was doing some with Horenstein. There wouldn't have been a GM at the LSO who would have said " Gee, we don't like how the Solti recording turned out, so let's recruit another label and conductor to do this." While I don't know the actual sequence of recording dates, there is a chance that Unicorn would have decided to piggyback on the work done by Decca and Solti to prepare this symphony.

It is a shame the Horenstein did not get to record a complete set of Mahler symphonies in good sound with a good orchestra. He is one of the conductors who link back to Mahler himself, the others being Walter, Klemperer, Mengelberg, and Stowkowski (slightly - he was supposedly present at the premiere of the 8th). Of these, he is the only one other than Mengelberg who had all of the symphonies in his repertoire. Walter, for example, never conducted the 6th - it was overly nihilistic for him, and rarely conducted some of the others, including the 3rd.


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