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    Default What do you think of Bertini's Mahler?

    I notice that the set by Gary Bertini has drawn rave reviews in some quarters. Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I notice that the set by Gary Bertini has drawn rave reviews in some quarters. Any thoughts?
    It's a very good and consistent set, with no real weak performances, but none that I would rank as the "best". Very good sonics, though, and it features the best tenor soloists on record in Das Lied von der Erde. There's a little weirdness about how the symphonies are broken up, due to EMI's anti-musical insistence on cramming the most music onto the fewest discs. An additional disc or two would have made the set more user friendly - I think that this may be the only set that breaks up #4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    It's a very good and consistent set, with no real weak performances, but none that I would rank as the "best". Very good sonics, though, and it features the best tenor soloists on record in Das Lied von der Erde. There's a little weirdness about how the symphonies are broken up, due to EMI's anti-musical insistence on cramming the most music onto the fewest discs. An additional disc or two would have made the set more user friendly - I think that this may be the only set that breaks up #4.
    I echo these sentiments wholeheartedly. It's definitely one of the most consistent Mahler cycles around. For me the 1st is his best performance (really good) but there's no average ones.... All are good at least and many are very good. And yes, the way the discs are split up is ridiculous, confusing and annoying. I got so fed up with the CD version I ripped the lot to my hard drive and totally renumbered and retagged the whole lot so it makes some sort of sense. A few other Mahler cycles split too many discs (I know it's difficult because of the length of some of his symphonies) . The same goes for Neumann's digital Dvorak cycle, in that I did the same with that one too and ripped it to my HD.
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    His 3, 4, 6 and 9 are excellent. Bertini did a very consistent set, and yet one which moves with the composer. So there's little of the Wunderhorn spirit in the later works, and the earlier Symphonies do retain a sort of rustic warmth. Brilliant orchestra, beautiful recording.

    I have ripped and reordered as well. Probably the least well laid out box I have come across!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    I have ripped and reordered as well. Probably the least well laid out box I have come across!
    No, that would be the Janowski RING on Eurodisc, in its most recent incarnations.

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    If I could only keep one set, it would be Bertini's. The sound is very good to excellent. The orchestral playing superb throughout and the conducting beyond reproach. Other than an incomplete 10th, it's terrific. Add a disk he made of some of the songs and you have a very fine Mahler collection. The way the symphonies are broken up isn't all that bad, although they really should have put #4 on it's own disk.

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    I was playing the 5th from this set last night. Excellent performance and possibly one of my favourite 5ths in the catalogue.

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