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Mahler: Symphony No.3, Kindetotenlieder, Rückert-Lieder

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  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00002DGSU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kraftig. Entschieden
2. Langsam. Schwer
3. Tempo 1
4. A Tempo
5. Immer dasselbe Tempo (Marsch). Nicht eilen
6. Im alten Marschtempo (Allegro moderato)
7. Tempo 1
8. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr massig
9. A Tempo
10. Ganz plotzlich gemachlich. Tempo di menuetto
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Disc: 2
1. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
2. Nicht mehr so breit
3. Tempo 1. Ruhevoll!
4. a tempo (Etwas bewegter)
5. Tempo 1
6. Langsam. Tempo 1
7. Ich Atmet Einen Linden Duft
8. Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen
9. Um Mitternacht
10. Das Irdische Leben
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Performance 13 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I used to avoid Bernstein's Mahler recordings since his monstrous renditions of 2nd & 8th symphony hugely disappointed me. Recently I was persuaded by a friend to try this recording of 3rd, listened to it with scepticism, and it turned out ot be a nice surprise.

Unusally for him, Bernstein's interpretation is well-balanced and hardly anything goes wrong in this performance, while every movement is most eloquently presented. I still prefer Kubelik & Horenstein's gritty rendition of the 1st movement, but Bernstein gives the most profound and captivating rendition of the last movement which is hard to surpass. This is far greater performance than Chailly & Abbados over-rated recordings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is no doubt the finest performance from Berstein's earlier stereo recordings of Mahler cycle, Sony. First, I was surprised by the lack of "Bernstein-Neuroticism", especailly in the 1st movement which takes 10 minutes or so to warm up and is a bit too polite for Bernstein. But probably that's exactly the reason why this recording was recommended as a first choice in BBC Radio 3 Building a Library, alongside Chailly's Decca recording (very uninspired, clinical performance to me). I would prefer Berstein's explosive approach, like his live recording of 9th with BPO, but this recording of 3rd is still very strong and eloquent.

What is most outstanding about this performance is the deeply prayerful account of the last movement. It opens in dangerously slow tempo, yet Bernstein masterfully manages to sustain flexible tempi of the ebb and flow of the music, and buils up emotional force in most powerful way towards each climax. Final apotheosis is simply glorious!

Don't worry about recording quality. It's surprisingly good and spacious for 60s' stereo standard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brillient; but don't expect HiFi 31 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this recording because I like Bernstein, particularly on Mahler. It is superb and Bernstein gets the best from it, but although the sixties recording in clear and good, it's not quite HiFi in the modern sense. Still recommended though!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the genuine article 29 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
just listen to the opening theme on the horns and you will realise this is echt mahler. everything is just right, beautifully paced and played and do not worry about the 60's sound, it is very good.
i have over the years had bernard with concertgebouw in the 70's,and simon and cbso in the 90's, but lennie in new york in the 60's is the best yet...simply wonderful.
it sounds like mahler at his most involving, interesting and muical, with just the right amount of "bernstein neuroticism" one gets tired of reading about....if you dont like it,i will buy it for you!!
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