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    Solti- undisputed no 1
    Bernstein twice- Tennstedt -Kubelik - Haitink ( twice) Shaw on Telarc for the sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    A high quality recording can really help with this massive symphony. I'm very impressed with the Boulez on DG. I bought the 2 CD set for a few bucks.
    You're right, it is going for really cheap. I'll have to sample the Gielen/Sony, Wit/Naxos, and Boulez/DG and see which one I like the best. I'm listening to the Haitink now. It's good, but I don't know if this is the one that will really win me over. Kind of blurry textures. This kind of piece may demand digital recording.

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    I used to have the Solti on LP and I still think it probably has the best soloist line up, but I have the 1986 Tennstedt on CD now, and a very fine performance it is.

    That said, it's not my favourite Mahler symphony and I don't listen to it very often.
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    Kubelik
    Tennstedt
    Chailly

    Don't get on with this work

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    I have Kubelik, Chailly, Boulez, Gielen, Bernstein, Solti, MTT. It's not my favorite Mahler, but it's still an incredible work. I find the structure one of the most challenging aspects of this symphony. That second movement is a little much, but when I'm in the right frame of mind it packs a punch.

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    I have lots of recordings of it in Mahler cycles but don't like the symphony so I never play it. I've tried umpteen times but it's never going to resonate with me.

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    I have something close to a dozen recordings in Mahler cycles (Haitink, Chailly, Kubelik, Solti, Neumann, Maazel, Bernstein, probably some others I haven't thought of. I've purchased an individual recording of it, and have never listened to any part of it. I doubt I ever will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    I have something close to a dozen recordings in Mahler cycles (Haitink, Chailly, Kubelik, Solti, Neumann, Maazel, Bernstein, probably some others I haven't thought of. I've purchased an individual recording of it, and have never listened to any part of it. I doubt I ever will.
    You have close to a dozen Mahler cycles, and you have not and never will listen to ANY of Mahler's 8th? That is insanity, my friend. You clearly like Mahler, or you wouldn't have bought so many CDs of his music... so why are you avoiding this symphony so much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    You have close to a dozen Mahler cycles, and you have not and never will listen to ANY of Mahler's 8th? That is insanity, my friend. You clearly like Mahler, or you wouldn't have bought so many CDs of his music... so why are you avoiding this symphony so much?
    Large chorus and orchestra is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me, the sound repulses me. I enjoy it in smaller ensembles, Bach, Mozart, but the bigger the ensemble the less I like it. I see no reason to subject myself to Mahler 8 when there is so much wonderful music out there I have not heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    Large chorus and orchestra is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me, the sound repulses me. I enjoy it in smaller ensembles, Bach, Mozart, but the bigger the ensemble the less I like it. I see no reason to subject myself to Mahler 8 when there is so much wonderful music out there I have not heard.
    Mahler's 8th is amazing. The last run he had with this one, Das Lied, and the 9th, was his best by far in terms of technique and artistry. He improved so much it's almost unbelievable, from the simplicity of his 2,3,4 symphonies you couldn't have imagined that he'd get so good.

    As a composer I can tell you that his 8th is so much more than his early symphonies in terms of craftsmanship. The creativity is on a whole other level, the counterpoint is sublime, the dramatic element even stronger. Only the 5th, Das Lied, and the 9th are better.

    His early symphonies are rated highly for the simplicity and honesty of their themes and message--which more people understand--, but that's not the real Mahler, his true genius comes later.

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    I found Maurice Abravanel and Eliahu Inbal somewhere on the shelf's also .
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    I ordered the Wit/Warsaw/Naxos Mahler 8. It was between that and the Boulez; I chose Wit for budget reasons. I love what I’ve heard of both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    I see no reason to subject myself to Mahler 8 when there is so much wonderful music out there I have not heard.
    You could experience much of that beauty in Mahler 8. Try part 2 if the first half is too much of a choral avalanche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I ordered the Wit/Warsaw/Naxos Mahler 8. It was between that and the Boulez; I chose Wit for budget reasons. I love what I’ve heard of both.
    Weird! Yesterday there were 3 copies of the Boulez at Amazon for 2.99 and today the price is higher. But the Naxos probably has great sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Weird! Yesterday there were 3 copies of the Boulez at Amazon for 2.99 and today the price is higher. But the Naxos probably has great sound.
    Yeah I thought so too! I remember there was even a brand new copy going for $3.99 or so. Bummer that I missed the boat, but I’ll come back around on the Boulez recording in the future. I recently read (from a tertiary source) that Boulez did not like the 8th symphony and only recorded it to complete the cycle, but I do not buy it. His performance was executed with some real conviction and power I think.

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