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Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos 1-9 (Decca Collectors Edition) Box set


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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B0000041Z6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DEC 430804 2; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mahler Fanatic on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Mahler in the late 70's by the earlier recordings in this set. I remember no.s 5,6 and 7 being available in a box set of LPs but however cheaply Faringdon records sold it for I put off buying them in case there was a better recording. Nearly 30 years later, there still is no better recording available and Amazon are selling all 9 on CD for £25! All the performances are breathtaking. The Chicago are simply brilliant, definitely a cut above all the rest. Solti is magnificent and one feels every second of pleasure and anguish in each work. The brass are the best in the world. Thanks, Garry, for introducing me to the most sublime musical experiences I could possibly imagine.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Stapleton on 16 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This set is a ridiculous, outrageous bargain. One of the absolute best Mahler cycles that wouldn't be too expensive if 3 times this price. One of the greatest Wagner/Mahler interpreters of the 20th century, coupled with suberb playing and excellent sound.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are so many box set complete recordings of the Mahler Symphonies choosing between them is a daunting and bewildering task. Thankfully I didnt have to, this box set was bought for me, so I was spared the pains of indecision which accompany the purchase of any classical cd- especially over the internet when you are not able to listen in detail to the various merits of all the available performances.
I have been absolutely delighted with this set and have no hesitations about recommending it. Mahler was above all a superb orchestrator and the subtleties of each symphony are excellently conveyed on these cds which also provide more than enough force and vigour when required. The short fourth movement of the mighty second symphony is for me one of the most divine four minutes of music ever written and this performance is spine-tingling. So too is the fifth symphony; the rubato with which Solti conveys the climax of the second movement is for me unmatched by any other recording, and is noticably more convincing than the highly acclaimed Rattle/BPO recording.
In short, this set is a fantastic buy, as you would expect from the price. Sadly, however, the standard set by these recordings is so high that I am often left feeling slightly disappointed whenever I now here Mahler performed live!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Mar. 2012
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First things first. not all the complete mahler's are proper cycles. Solti's is a compplete cycle, with the same orchestra and singers such as Heather Harper. Whilst Bernstein's is good, it is a manufactured cycle using more than 1, or 2, orchestras. So take care if you are looking for a cycle!
Right that said, let's get down to brass tacks - this is, I believe,one of the original cycles to be recorded and still the best, in my humble opinion. Solti brings out the best in the Chicago orchestra and the emotions are epic - just listen to number 2 or 8, or the adagietto from 5 - wowsa!! On a personal note, Solti wrings every drop from the percussion, and especially the timps - just listen to the end of the last movement of the Resurrection and those epic 2 last timp strikes.
To those who say other interpretations are more emotional, let me just say that Solti's cycle was pioneering. He was the Walter Scott of conductors at a time when Mahler's popularity was starting to grow.
Still in doubt? Listen to the start of Number 8 - happy now?!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By chris hall on 28 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This set is revelatory. Just listen to the famous Adagietto from the Fifth. How bloated and pretentious Bernstein sounds beside it. Only Barbirolli and Walter match the level of intensity of Solti, and his has the supreme advantage of the Chicago Symphony at its peak of perfection. I am beginning to think after listening to this, the Brahms and the Beethoven cycles, that under Solti they might well have been the finest orchestra ever, and that includes the Berlin band.

Indeed,the playing in every symphony is little short of miraculous and as for the interpretations they rescue this composer from an undeserved reputation as a self-indugent neurotic.

Whatever other versions of the complete symphonies you possess (I have Rattle and Neumann) Solti's cycle is unique in its elemental power and unsurpassed in terms of playing.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. P. Rogers VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I completely agree with the last reviewer when he says that going to a live performance of these symphonies can be disappointing as these recordings are so good. This has happened to me a number of times, especially with the second symphony. I have never heard a better performance either in the concert hall or on disc than this one by Solti. It is truly spine tingling, especially the climax during the first movememt and the finale. The "Urlicht" is so emotional, too. The best four minutes of music EVER written?

Of the other eight, I would say that the stand-outs are the first, third, seventh and eight. These are the ones tha I turn to again and again; the sonic weight of the eight is astonishing. The playing of the final movement of the seventh makes the case that this symphony is not the 'problematic' cause that even the late, great Deryck Cooke thought it was, IMHO.

I would urge anyone who would like to try out music of great imagination to go for Mahler. It is such another world, and so optimistic. Just think of all the work that went in to recording these nine monumental works, and you can see that these are great value. I highly recommend them!
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