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    After doing some research I have compiled the list I most want for Mahler's symphonies. Comments appreciated. If you think I am totally off the mark on a particular recording then let me know. The ones I have already bought are in red.


    no.1 Kubelik

    no.2 Mehta

    no.3 Abbado Jessye Norman version

    no.4 Bernstein Sony

    no.5 Bernstein DG live

    no.6 Abbado live

    no.7 Abbado live (same series as 6)

    no.8 Solti

    no.9 Barbirolli / Karajan ? should I get the famous karajan one?

    no.10 Kubelik ( I don't want the Cooke version for now )
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamzky View Post
    After doing some research I have compiled the list I most want for Mahler's symphonies. Comments appreciated. If you think I am totally off the mark on a particular recording then let me know. The ones I have already bought are in red.


    no.1 Kubelik

    no.2 Mehta

    no.3 Abbado Jessye Norman version

    no.4 Bernstein Sony

    no.5 Bernstein DG live

    no.6 Abbado live

    no.7 Abbado live (same series as 6)

    no.8 Solti

    no.9 Barbirolli / Karajan ? should I get the famous karajan one?

    no.10 Kubelik ( I don't want the Cooke version for now )
    What? No Chailly, Rattle, Tennstedt, Haitink, Barenboim, Inbal, Maazel, Ozawa, Sinopoli, Zinman, Neumann, Boulez, Bertini, etc. These are all outstanding Mahler conductors too.

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    I think he wants one of each rather than 15 box sets! Cheaper that way I imagine...

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    But that is too many conductors for only nine complete symphonies. who are Inbal, Neumann and Bertini? Are they very old recordings? I tend to go on a mixture of top recommendations from BBC 3, Penguin, Rough Guide and Gramophone as well as Amazon reviews and having some clue of the conductors from other CDs I own. I have strangely never seen Sinopoli mentioned above any of the other conductors although I know he is supposed to be a top Mahlerian. Maybe there is some kind of bias. I would have gotten Rattle for number 2 or 10 but it is too late
    Barenboim is surely not of the calibre of Bernstein or Barbirolli as regards Mahler? Boulez is brilliant yes but his kind of Mahler is a bit detached for my liking. I very nearly got him conducting the 3rd but again more positive things were said about Bernstein and Abbado - that these, from a large consensus of people, are definitive.
    You have opened some doors here though. I like that I know that Mahler is a tricky one cos the list of potential great performances is obviously huge, as much or more than even Beethoven or at least there are a lot of people with strong opinions on the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jezbo View Post
    I think he wants one of each rather than 15 box sets! Cheaper that way I imagine...
    yes, no boxed sets

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    By the way, I have Chailly and Haitink for the songs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamzky View Post
    But that is too many conductors for only nine complete symphonies. who are Inbal, Neumann and Bertini? Are they very old recordings? I tend to go on a mixture of top recommendations from BBC 3, Penguin, Rough Guide and Gramophone as well as Amazon reviews and having some clue of the conductors from other CDs I own. I have strangely never seen Sinopoli mentioned above any of the other conductors although I know he is supposed to be a top Mahlerian. Maybe there is some kind of bias. I would have gotten Rattle for number 2 or 10 but it is too late
    Barenboim is surely not of the calibre of Bernstein or Barbirolli as regards Mahler? Boulez is brilliant yes but his kind of Mahler is a bit detached for my liking. I very nearly got him conducting the 3rd but again more positive things were said about Bernstein and Abbado - that these, from a large consensus of people, are definitive.
    You have opened some doors here though. I like that I know that Mahler is a tricky one cos the list of potential great performances is obviously huge, as much or more than even Beethoven or at least there are a lot of people with strong opinions on the issue.

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    Let me be quite frank with you, Rough Guide, Penguin, BBC, and Gramophone don't have a clue as to what to recommend. They would be my last resort for any kind of information about a recording. They definitely don't know anything about Mahler.

    Having that said, I think you will find all Mahler fans will point to one box set for consistency: the Gary Bertini set on EMI. Bertini is joined by the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, which in my opinion, held their own in set. This is the most consistently rewarding cycle of Mahler available on the market. No Mahler fan would disagree with these statements.

    In the end, you do what you want to, I probably own more Mahler recordings than anyone on this forum, so I'm completely guilty of going overboard with his music, which will happen as soon as you really start sinking your teeth into the music.

    Allow me to give you my own list for greatest Mahler recordings:

    Sym. 1 - Kubelik
    Sym. 2 - Rattle
    Sym. 3 - Salonen
    Sym. 4 - Haitink
    Sym. 5 - Chailly
    Sym. 6 - Abbado
    Sym. 7 - Tilson Thomas
    Sym. 8 - Solti
    Sym. 9 - Karajan
    Sym. 10 Adagio - Bernstein

    That's my list. Take it or leave it.

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    Thanks for the list. It's interesting. We agree in any case on a few of them. I must look into Tilson Thomas for 7. I like 7 and wanted a really good recording.

    'That's my list. Take it or leave it' ..... what's with the defensive attitude ? I am posting here for love of music not to score points. This is not a personal criticism.
    I do find it a little odd that you think none of a whole list of impartial critics from various sources are all wrong. Having said that you didn't mention Bertini for a single symphony so in any case I won't be going down that road. I do need to listen to him though as a matter of interest. You have aroused my interest. Anyone else have any opinions on this??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamzky View Post
    Thanks for the list. It's interesting. We agree in any case on a few of them. I must look into Tilson Thomas for 7. I like 7 and wanted a really good recording.

    'That's my list. Take it or leave it' ..... what's with the defensive attitude ? I am posting here for love of music not to score points. This is not a personal criticism.
    I do find it a little odd that you think none of a whole list of impartial critics from various sources are all wrong. Having said that you didn't mention Bertini for a single symphony so in any case I won't be going down that road. I do need to listen to him though as a matter of interest. You have aroused my interest. Anyone else have any opinions on this??

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    Most magazine writers are wrong. First of all, most critics know nothing about music. They don't know what it takes to become a musician or a composer and how hard it is, so what they do and how they think they're helping musicians out is by giving criticism of it. Critics belong to the barbaric and ruthless crowd known as "the media."

    That's why I don't need someone from a magazine telling me what's good or not. I'll find that out for myself.

    I didn't have to mention Bertini, because he excels in all the symphonies. Didn't you read what I wrote about his cycle?

    As far as my own list is concerned, this is a merely "off the top of my head" type of list. This could change everyday and this is why these lists are really pointless, because you're going to buy whatever you want to anyway, right?

    Anyway, Mahler is a very complex composer. Many conductors and orchestras have performed his music, and there are better Mahler conductors than Bernstein and that's a fact.

    Bertini, Kubelik, Chailly, Tennstedt, and Abbado have recorded, in my opinion, the best Mahler symphony cycles.

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    OK well some critics I'm sure don't know what they are talking about but perhaps some do know something about music and if a lot agree and are presumably not in league then perhaps there is something to what they say. That's by the by anyway.
    I am a composer and pianist myself and I agree that lists like this are not foolproof. It's really just a curiosity. I also don't have the money to try out a number of Mahler cycles sadly so again that's why here is a good place to get some ideas from other people. There are many ways to approach Mahler and I for one have learned something.
    I can't it seems get Bertini's symphonies on seperate discs, which is a drawback. Your point about Bertini therefore being that if his symphonies were individually for sale they would all be equal if not better than any of the other conductors. That's what I understand by what you say.
    As for you saying the list could change every day. Maybe I am looking for your favorite versions then and that would be highly personal. Anyway, again thanks for the information.
    Food for thought.

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    I'm not sure why the Bertini cycle isn't available individually. It's probably because Bertini isn't a top drawer name like Kubelik, Abbado, or Bernstein. Whatever the case may be, this set is the only way you can buy it.

    I don't have a favorite Mahler performance, because all the recordings I own offer they're own unique insights into this man's music, which can be and has been interpreted in many, many ways.

    Here is my Mahler collection:

    - Symphony No. 1 "Titan" And Symphony No. 10 "Adagio"
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond: L. Bernstein
    Label: Sony

    - The Complete Symphonies (12-CD set)
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond: L. Bernstein
    Label: Sony

    - Symphony No. 4 (Hybrid SACD)
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Fritz Reiner
    Label: RCA

    -Symphonies 1-10 (10-CD set)
    Orch: Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Cond: Rafael Kubelik
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Atlanta Symphony
    Cond: Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Atlanta Symphony
    Cond: Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 8
    Orch: Atlanta Symphony
    Cond: Robert Shaw
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: Atlanta Symphony
    Cond: Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Atlanta Symphony
    Cond: Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 2/Symphony No. 10 (2-CD set)
    Orch: Atlanta Symphony
    Cond: Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: Zubin Mehta
    Label: Decca

    -The Complete Symphonies (10-CD set)
    Orch: London Philharmonic
    Cond: Klaus Tennstedt
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 10
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 8
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 2 (2-CD set)
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond; Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Czech Philharmonic
    Cond: Karel Ancerl
    Label: Supraphon

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: L. Bernstein
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 1/Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels
    Orch: Czech Philharmonic
    Cond: Karel Ancerl
    Label: Supraphon

    -Symphony No. 1; Songs of the Wayfarer
    Orch: Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Cond: Rafael Kubelik
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 8
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Georg Solti
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 6; Zemlinsky: 6 Maeter Link
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond: Riccardo Chailly
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 10
    Orch: Cincinnati Symphony
    Cond: Jesus Lopez-Cobos
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Karajan
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: James Levine
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 3 (2-CD set)
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Claudio Abbado
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: Pierre Boulez
    Label: DG

    -Symphonies 1 & 9
    Orch: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic
    Cond; Andrew Litton, Libor Pesek
    Label: Virgin Classics

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond; Lorin Maazel
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Karajan
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 10
    Orch: Bournemouth Symphony
    Cond: Sir Simon Rattle
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 1; Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond: Kurt Masur
    Label: Teldec

    -10 Symphonies (12-CD set)
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: Claudio Abbado
    Label: DG

    -The Symphonies (10-CD set)
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond: Bernard Haitink
    Label: Philips

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond; Pierre Boulez
    Label: DG

    -The Symphonies (12-CD set)
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond; Riccardo Chailly
    Label: Decca

    -Symphonies 1-10 (15-CD set)
    Orch: Frankfurt Radio Symphony
    Cond: Eliahu Inbal
    Label: Brilliant Classics

    -Symphony Nos. 1-10 (14-CD set)
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: Lorin Maazel
    Label: Warner Classics

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Georg Solti
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond: Michael Tilson Thomas
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 1. Blumine
    Orch: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
    Cond: David Zinman
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 5; Lieder aus Des Kraben
    Orch: Finnish Radio Symphony
    Cond: Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Andrew Litton, Charles Mackerras
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Cond: David Zinman
    Label: Apex

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond; Georg Solti
    Label; Warner Classics

    -Symphony No. 8
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Cond: Riccardo Chailly
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond; Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Teldec

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Dresden Staatskapelle
    Cond; Sinopoli
    Label: Profil

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond: Harold Farberman
    Label: Vox

    -Symphony No. 10
    Orch: Philadelphia Orchestra
    Cond: Eugene Ormandy
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Pierre Boulez
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Carlo Maria Giulini
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 3
    Orch: Zurich Tonhalle
    Cond; David Zinman
    Label: RCA

    -Adagio Mahler
    Orch: Polish Radio Symphony
    Cond; Antoni Wit
    Label: Naxos

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: London Philharmonic
    Cond: Eugene Ormandy
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 10
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond; Riccard Chailly
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: London Philharmonic
    Cond; Jascha Horenstein
    Label: Classics for Pleasure (EMI)

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio
    Cond; Antoni Wit
    Label: Naxos

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond: Riccard Chailly
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond; Harold Farberman
    Label: Vox

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: St. Louis Symphony
    Cond: L. Slatkin
    Label: Telarc

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond; Zubin Mehta
    Label: Warner Classics

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: Florida Philharmonic
    Cond: James Judd
    Label: Hmf

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond; L. Bernstein
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond: Valery Gergiev
    Label: LSO

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond: L. Bernstein
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Cleveland Orchestra
    Cond: George Szell
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Philadelphia Orchestra
    Cond; James Levine
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No 7
    Orch: Netherlands Philharmonic
    Cond: Hartmut Haenchen
    Label: Laserlight

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond; Lorin Maazel
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Gran Canaria Philharmonic
    Cond; Adrian Leaper
    Label: Arte Nova

    -Symphony No. 3
    Orch: Gran Canaria Philharmonic
    Cond: Adrian Leaper
    Label: Arte Nove

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: National Symphony Orch. Of Polish Radio and Television
    Cond; Michael Halasz
    Label: Naxos

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: Zurich Tonhalle Orch.
    Cond; David Zinman
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 2 (2-CD set)
    Orch; Zurich Tonhalle Orch.
    Cond; David Zinman
    Label: RCA

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch; Zurich Tonhalle Orch.
    Cond; David Zinman
    Label; RCA

    -Symphonies 1-10 (11-CD set)
    Orch: Cologne Radio Symphony
    Cond; Gary Bertini
    Label; EMI

    -The Symphonies (10-CD set)
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond; Mariss Jansons
    Label: LSO

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Cleveland Orchestra
    Cond; Pierre Boulez
    Label: DG

    -10 Symphonies (15-CD set)
    Orch: Sofia Philharmonic
    Cond: Emil Tabakov
    Label: Capriccio

    -Symphony No. 2
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond; Otto Klemperer
    Label: Miesterwerke

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Berliner Staatskapelle
    Cond: Daniel Barenboim
    Label; Warner Classics

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television
    Cond; Michael Halasz
    Label; Naxos

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television
    Cond: Antoni Wit
    Label: Naxos

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Gerwandhausorchester Leipzig
    Cond; Vaclav Neumann
    Label: Brilliant Classics

    -Symphony Nos. 1 & 3 (2-CD set)
    Orch: Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Cond; Zubin Mehta
    Label; Decca

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: NY Philharmonic
    Cond; Zubin Mehta
    Label: Teldec

    -Symphony No. 2 (2-CD set)
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond; Gilbert Kaplan
    Label: MCA

    -Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 10 (2-CD set)
    Orch: Israel Philharmonic
    Cond: Zubin Mehta
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond; Karajan
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 10
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond; Daniel Harding
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: Utah Symphony Orch.
    Cond; Maurice de Abravanel
    Label: Silverline

    -Symphony No. 6; Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (2-CD set)
    Orch: New Philharmonia, London Symphony
    Cond: Sir John Barbirolli
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 7 (2-CD set)
    Orch: Philharmonia Orch.
    Cond; Sinopoli
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch; Netherlands Philharmonic
    Cond: Hartmut Haenchen
    Label: Brilliant Classics

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch; Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Cond; Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: New Philharmonia Orch.
    Cond: Sir John Barbirolli
    Label; EMI

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch; Dresden Philharmonic
    Cond; Herbert Kegel
    Label: Berlin Classics

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond; Bruno Walter
    Label; Classica D’oro

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: Royal Philharmonic
    Cond; Yuri Simonov
    Label: RPO

    -Symphony No. 1; Reger: Ballet Suite
    Orch: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Cond; Armin Jordan
    Label; Apex

    -5 fruhe Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Orch: Philharmonia Orchestra
    Cond; Luciano Berio
    Label: Elektra

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: London Symphony
    Cond: Rudolf Schwarz
    Label: Everest Records

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: New Philharmonia
    Cond; Sir John Barbirollio
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Cond: Zubin Mehta
    Label: Decca

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: City of Birmingham Symphony
    Cond; Sakari Oramo
    Label: Warner Classics

    -Symphonies 1 & 5 (2-CD set)
    Orch: Philharmonia Orchestra
    Cond: Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Radio Symphonicorchester Ljublijana
    Cond; Anton Nanut
    Label: Platinum Disc Corporation

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Royal Philharmonic
    Cond; Frank Shipway
    Label; RPO

    -Symphony No. 5
    Orch: Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker
    Cond; James Conlon
    Label: EMI

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: Minnesota Orchestra
    Cond; Edo de Waart
    Label: Virigin Classics

    -Mahler III: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (5-CD set)
    Orch: Veinna Philharmonic
    Cond; L. Bernstein
    Label: DG

    -Mahler II: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (5-CD set)
    Orch: NY Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond; L. Bernstein
    Label: DG

    -Mahler I: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon (6-CD set)
    Orch: NY Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond; L. Bernstein
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond; Claudio Abbado
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 1
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Claudio Abbado
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Berlin Philharmonic
    Cond: Claudio Abbado
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 6; Strauss: Ein Heidenleben (2-CD set)
    Orch: London Symphony, New Philharmonia
    Cond: Sir John Barbirolli
    Label: EMI

    -Symphonies Nos. 8 & 10 (2-CD set)
    Orch: Philadelphia Orch.
    Cond: Sinopoli
    Label: DG

    -Symphony No. 1; Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3
    Orch: Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: Georg Solti
    Label: Orfeo D'or

    -Symphony No. 9
    Orch: Kyoto Symphony
    Cond: Uwe Mund
    Label: Arte Nova

    -Symphony No. 10 (Reconstructed by Joe Wheeler)
    Orch: Polish National Radio Symphony
    Cond: Robert Olson
    Label: Naxos

    -Symphony No. 8
    Orch: Royal Concertgebouw
    Cond: Bernard Haitink
    Label: Philips

    -Symphony No. 4
    Orch: St. Louis Symphony
    Cond: Hans Vonk
    Label: Pentatone

    -Symphony No. 7
    Orch: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
    Cond: Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Artek

    -Symphony No. 6
    Orch: Cleveland Orch.
    Cond: George Szell
    Label: Sony

    -Symphony No. 4 (Hybrid SACD)
    Orch: Chicago Symphony
    Cond: Fritz Reiner
    Label: RCA

    -Symphonies 1 & 10
    Orch: Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic
    Cond: Claudio Abbado
    Label: DG

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    Wow, very impressive collection and I see it makes choosing a preferred performance of an individual symphony all the more difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamzky View Post
    Wow, very impressive collection and I see it makes choosing a preferred performance of an individual symphony all the more difficult.
    Thanks!

    Yes, I smash my head against the wall everyday trying to come to terms that I can't choose a preferred performance.

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    7. Solti/Chicago 8. Solti/Chicago 9. Tennstedt/London Phil
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    After doing some research I have compiled the list I most want for Mahler's symphonies. Comments appreciated. If you think I am totally off the mark on a particular recording then let me know. The ones I have already bought are in red.


    no.1 Kubelik

    no.2 Mehta

    no.3 Abbado Jessye Norman version

    no.4 Bernstein Sony

    no.5 Bernstein DG live

    no.6 Abbado live

    no.7 Abbado live (same series as 6)

    no.8 Solti

    no.9 Barbirolli / Karajan ? should I get the famous karajan one?

    no.10 Kubelik ( I don't want the Cooke version for now )
    Titan with Blumine(1) - Israel/Zubin Mehta
    Resurrection(2) - Wiener/Zubin Mehta
    Purgatorio(3) - Berliner/Haitink + Bayreuth/Mehta
    Angelic(4) - Concertgebouw/Solti + Israel/Mehta
    Fate (5) - New York/Mehta + Berliner/Abbado
    Tragic(6) - Chicago/Solti+ Berliner/Karajan+ Israel/Mehta
    Nocturnal (7) - Berliner/Haitink + New York/Bernstein
    Magnificent Symphony of a Thousand (8) - Chicago/Solti+London/Bernstein
    Death (9) - Wiener/Horenstein +Moscow/Kondrashin
    Farewell (10) - Berliner/ Rattle + Philadelphia/Ormandy + New Philharmonia/Wyn Morris

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