From that mysterious, misty opening to the blazing brass of the finale, this is an absolutely knockout recording of Mahler's Symphony No.1 that should be at the top of anyone's list of recommendations.
Bernstein gives a wonderfully taut, disciplined and yet terrifically exciting performance, matched by the astonishing virtuosity of the Concertgebouworkest and a rich, clear and spacious recording made live in Amsterdam. The finale especially will pin you back in your seat; it explodes out of your speakers at the start and maintains terrific tension all the way through to the end, with the brass fanfares going off like rockets over the thundering timpani and bass drum.
One of the best instalments in Bernstein's DG Mahler cycle and one of his best later recordings, full stop.
For me, it's the definitive Mahler 1.