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My Mahler & Shostakovich Symphony Cycles (so far)
Mahler: Symphony No.1
"Simply the best Mahler 1st. Perfect balance, intonation, emotion, tempo, ..."
Mahler: Symphony 2
"I thought a lot about this and nailed it down between Bernstein and Mehta. I went with Bernstein; Mehta's brass isn't always together and his 1st mvt sounds more angry than a funeral march ought to be"
Mahler: Symphony No.3
"Bernstein delivers what he's known for, which is perfect for the 3rd ..."
Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
"The best 4th mvt of Mahler's 4th I've heard so far. Unfortunately, the Lieder has serious intonation problems and an overzealous (in my opinion) mezzo-soprano --- look elsewhere."
Mahler: Symphony No.5
"... and for the 5th. I love how long he holds onto the notes in the Adagietto."
Mahler: Symphony 6, Ruckert Lieder, Kindertotenlieder (DG The Originals)
"Impeccable playing (the only big mistake I heard was a cracked note by the trumpet soloist at 14:15 in mvt IV), though a little sterile (I'm still hunting)."
Mahler: Symphony No.7 (DECCA The Originals)
"Absolutely perfect, except for a blunder by the second trumpet player at the end of the 4th mvt ... sigh."
Mahler: Symphony No.8 (DECCA The Originals)
"The brass playing is spectacular, as are the choirs. The vocal soloists are good as well, but the recording makes them sound distant (which is understandable, though unfortunate)."
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
"Perfect compromise between flawless and emotive playing"
Das Lied von der Erde
"Others have their favourites, this is mine. I like the chamber-like quality, as well as the more controlled vibrato and open sound of the soprano."
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43
"The best recording of the best performance of Shostakovich 4th. The brass is amazing."
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 5 & 9
"Still my favourite 5th ... perfect tempo"
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
"The recording quality of these Jarvi performances is amazing."
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos.1 & 7 "Leningrad"
"In my opinion, no one can beat Bernstein/CSO on the 7th"
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8
"I usually think of Haitink as just dependable, but here he delivers much more."
Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 (DG The Originals)
"The only recording of the 10th I've heard, and the only one I need to hear."
Mahler: Symphony No.6, Kindertotenlieder
"My new front runner for the 6th, replacing Karajan's."
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