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Gustav Mahler: The Complete Symphonies & Kindertotenlieder Box set

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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B005SJIP1E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SONY 88697943332; SONY - Italia; Classica Orchestrale

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2013
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If the Decca Solti Ring changed the course of modern stereo recording and set the agenda for many years, then this set of recordings made throughout the 1960s changed the course of not just recording but the programming and balance of musical performance for the last half of the Twentieth Century until today. It is not true that there had been no post war recordings or performances of Mahler's music, but they were few and far between and mostly came about to accommodate the wishes of major figures such as Walter and Klemperer, but there were sporadic outbursts of Mahler recordings and I fondly recall Mono only recordings by Kletzki, Leopold Ludwig, Kubelik with the VPO no less, Charles Adler and Felix Prohaska. Solti also conducted Mahler One with VPO in 1961 in Salzburg, but in the mid 60's a critical battle was raging as to whether the symphonies were the banal doodling of a first rate conductor but a tenth rate composer, or masterpieces by an eccentric genius. Grove's Dictionary still listed them as "of little musical worth."
Bernstein was the ideal conduit to bring these works to a wide audience, with his public persona as a "media figure", and his frequent appearances on TV, where he was an excellent communicator and who attracted an audience as much for his huge success as a popular composer with hits such as "Maria" and Somewhere" being recorded by a gaggle of popular artists.
The resonances between Bernstein and Mahler were obvious-a Jewish Composer/Conductor, Music Director of the NYPO and a master of Schmaltz-and Angst. Some commentators suggested that "Lenny" might even be the reincarnation of Mahler, a proposition Lenny did not exactly dismiss!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Fowler (the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer) on 11 July 2015
Format: Audio CD
The CBS Bernstein/NYPO Mahler cycle on CD,
Four different remasterings:
-- 1) 1980s: Full-price CBS CDs = individual CDs, not in a box.
-- 2) 1992: "Royal Edition" = individual CDs, not in a box.
I don't know who did the remastering.
-- 3) 2001: "Bernstein Century Edition" = individual CDs, also released in a box: Mahler: The Complete Symphonies ~ Bernstein,
remastering engineers: Charles Harbutt, Ellen Fitton, Miguel Kertsman, maybe others.
-- 4a) 2009: "Carnegie Hall Presents" - Mahler: Complete Symphonies (Carnegie Hall Presents),
remastered by Andreas K. Meyer
-- 4b) 2012: The box under discussion,
this is an "original jacket" reissue of the 2009 remastering by Andreas K. Meyer.

Critical consensus is that the Andreas K. Meyer remastering (24-bit/96kHz) is an enormous improvement over the first three.
It was originally prepared for SACD release, but those Japanese SACDs are very expensive
(look up "Bernstein Mahler SACD" in the Amazon search bar).

Meyer's CD remastering is available in version 4a or 4b.
There is a slight difference in contents:
-- 4a) The 2009 "Carnegie Hall Presents" version included the audio documentary "Gustav Mahler Remembered" and Das Lied von der Erde.
-- 4b) The 2013 box (reviewed on this page) omitted those two, but added Janet Baker's 1975 Kindertotenlieder.

Advantage 4a (2009) = "Gustav Mahler Remembered" (48 minutes) is a very well-done documentary (a 22 minute version can be found in the Kaplan Mahler Edition - see below).
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Ross on 29 April 2012
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I've lived with these recordings since they were first issued - that's over 40 years ago!

I have enjoyed and been enriched by many other recordings of these marvellous symphonies. I have a very deep appreciation of the recorded Mahler performances of Sir John Barbirolli, Otto Klemperer and Bruno Walter. In my experience there are few if any later conductors who command the authority, experience and wisdom that that golden generation brought to these works.

As a complete set I consider this first (CBS, New York) Bernstein set to be possibly more satisfying than any other - there are no weak links, only some that maybe a little stronger than some of the others (I'm thinking of the second, third, sixth and eighth as the high points)

(Of course this is not a complete set - Bernstein sadly did not accept the Cooke performing version of the tenth. A great pity, for had he conducted that effective version there can be no doubt that he would have projected its wonders with exactly the right spirit.)

I would emphasise that I am recommending this as a (sort of) 'complete' set (excepting the tenth). I would not want to be without the excellencies of James Levine's (incomplete) set - a set lacking the second and eighth.

A satisfying set, beautifully presented, well recorded (although the spotlighting is not ideal) and at a very attractive price!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M.G Driver on 1 May 2012
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Leonard Bernstein was the supreme interpreter of Mahler, and these are his earlier recordings from the 1960s, but what recordings they are! The New York Philharmonic was at its peak, and these are all absolutely thrilling performances. Despite their age, the recordings are of exceptional, indeed, astonishing quality. The discs are beautifully packaged in replicas of the original sleeves, and the discs themselves have the livery of the CBS records of the time. My only criticism is that the sleeve notes are too small to read without a magnifying glass. There is, though, a very good booklet included. If you like Mahler, this is an essential purchase, and at an absolute bargain price.
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