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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmsianhorn View Post
    Pay no attention to the prior comment on Mengelberg’s St Matthew Passion. This is his most famous recording and justly so. When I heard it I found it to be a revelation, the most engaging, soulful St Matt I’ve heard.

    Next to this his greatest achievements include the 1928 NYPO Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Mahler 4th. Also recommend his Brahms 1st.
    Except the St Matthew Passion was not intended to sound 'soulful'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Mahler 4
    Any and all of his Beethoven or Brahms, particularly the Brahms violin concerto with Krebbers.

    I know that many people love it, but I'd steer clear of his Bach St. Matthew - his conducting isn't enough to overcome bad soloists.
    And the soloists aren't enough to overcome the anachronistic conducting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Except the St Matthew Passion was not intended to sound 'soulful'.
    According to whom?

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    Well I think we can all agree that some people like the Mengelberg SMP and that some people don't. This doesn't seem like something worth pursuing!
    Last edited by Mandryka; Nov-19-2019 at 23:03.

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    My favorite Mengelberg



    https://tower.jp/item/3238260/SP%E3%...AE%9A%EF%BC%9E

    And it looks like it is still available.
    One of the best Tower Japan productions IMHO.
    Last edited by Rmathuln; Nov-19-2019 at 23:24.

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