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Mahler: Complete Symphonies and Orchestral Songs [Box set]

Gustav Mahler, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Performer: Barbara Hendricks, Christa Ludwig, Helmut Wittek, Dame Margaret Price
  • Orchestra: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Westminster Choir
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B00000DI2T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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At last count there must be a dozen or more complete Mahler symphony cycles. For my money, however, only one captures the passion and emotionality of Mahler's intent, and that is this one - Leonard Bernstein's second (the first was recorded back in the 1960's and is worth a listen, though its compressed sound won't suit everyone).
Bernstein is at his best in the large-scale dramatic works 2,3,5,6 and 8. For me there is no more passionate 'Resurrection' (2) in the catalogue, the recording sounding fine and open, with perfectly judged balance. Christa Ludwig's 'Urlicht' is divine. Tempos are perhaps a little slower than many, but never does Bernstein commit Sinopoli's sin of losing track of the music!
'The symphony must be the whole world' is probably the most familiar quote of Mahler's and in Symphony 3, Mahler and Bernstein show us the world of love in all its forms. This is one to return to time and time again with a final movement that is breathtaking in its spirituality, the NYPO's playing flawless.
Number 6 is simply shattering - don't listen to this if you're feeling down, it's devastating!
The set is beautifully presented in three separate boxes representing the three phases of Mahler's compositional life, and well-documented. There is continuity of conductor, but the set consists of different orchestras, Bernstein's NYPO featuring in 2,3 and 7, but others including the VPO and the Concertgebouw.
Other versions suit those who prefer a 'dryer', less passionate, less idiosyncratic Mahler. For those who see his work as emotional outpourings, this set from Bernstein is the one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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And why might one want to ignore it? Well, perhaps because of the way Bernstein is gratuitously presented on the front cover: the creator and the interpreter as equals? The slightly phoney attempt to divide the symphonies and songs into three thematic volumes, as if preoccupations with love and death didn't resonate throughout all Mahler's years. But these are superficial considerations. What really matters is the musicmaking.

Of the songs, you will get beautiful if slightly bland renditions of the Wayfarer and Ruckert cycles sung by Hampson, the wonderful old Decca recording of Das Lied from Vienna and featuring King and DFD in the tenor and baritone parts. That recording is of course the younger more impulsive Bernstein; by the time these DG remakes were set done, during the 1980s, he had become a more leisurely, indulgent, yet more insightful conductor-celebrator of Mahler's aesthetic. I thought the new Wunderhorn with Schmidt and Popp a delight. The reason you'll buy the box though is for the symphonies, so here goes...

Nos 1,4 and 5 famously improve on those interpretations that were lambasted as part of his 1960s drive to popularise Mahler amongst a more receptive public. The first two, with the RCO, are exciting readings but some may object to the use of a boy treble instead of the soprano in No.4. I didn't like it. I also didn't like the much praised Fifth, on tour with the VPO. For me, the third movement is just too slow, in fact it even stops at one point. The adagietto is also a bit of a drag at 11/12 mins. The Symphony No.6 is from Vienna and can't really be faulted, though it's not quite the miracle some make it out to be. For me, the Karajan version is better recorded and has more impact.
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Achievement 29 Jun 2002
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With the growth of the gramophone long playing record during the 1950s, the Mahler symphonies became known to a world wide audience. Leonard Bernstein's interpretation of Mahler's works is well known, for he began the process of bringing Mahler to a wider audience. However, the versions presented here are a bit of a mixed bag. His interpretation of the 2nd Symphony is perhaps a little too Hollywood. But, his 3rd is wonderful. Moreover, he surpasses himself with versions of the 6th and 7th, both challenging symphonies for orchestra and audience alike. If you like Bernstein and what he has to offer here, then go for this version. However, if you prefer Haitink and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, then go for that. Depends on your own personal taste really. Remastered sound is more than acceptable here too.
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernstein at his best! 16 Jun 2002
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These interpratations of Mahler symphonies are pure Bernstein. The best are the monumental Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh. Of course, to round off the cycle, the Ninth has to be probably one of the best ever. The wonders of modern technology of course means that these recordings are accessible to a new generation of Mahlerians. Superb all round sound and performances make this a joy to listen too. Of course, many Mahlerians may desire different interpretations of different works. This may mean that not all want a total compilation by Bernstein depending on their taste of course. Still, a good buy, particularly if you prefer this version of the Third and Sixth as I do.
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1 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars truth or fraud? 19 Feb 2009
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There is a strange thing about this set of Mahler's orchestral works, conducted by Bernstein. Many people consider this about the best that Bernstein achieved, and everybody declares that they are Bernstein's second recording, but if you play this on your pc, using for example Window's Media Player, you get the images (in the right lower corner) of the covers of the first recording, on Sony! (former CBS records) So, which is it? Perhaps Universal has a good answer for this?
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