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  • Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Bruno Walter
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner, Gustave Mahler, Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (22 Nov. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0002CHK9A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pclaudel on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The review by NNNNN, now several years old, accurately details the pluses and minuses of this release. In and of itself, the set is a fine one: a compendium containing either the only or the last recording made for Columbia of every work by Wagner, Bruckner, and Mahler that Bruno Walter committed to audiotape. The packaging is handsome albeit a bit wasteful of space, and the annotation is excellent--apart from the absence of most sung texts (not a minor matter, of course). The transfers are not new; they are the same ones used in Sony's sadly defunct Bruno Walter Edition. Without exception, the performances are among the greatest ever recorded. The quality of the sound captured on disc is often remarkably true to life; only in the oldest recordings (Mahler's fourth and fifth symphonies) and the ones of the most demanding scale (the Mahler Second and Bruckner's Te Deum) is the want of modern-day technology keenly felt. The one notable technical advance in this set is the fitting of the Mahler Second onto a single disc; one wonders why it took Sony almost twenty years to offer this improvement when the technology to effect it was there all along.

The story has a postscript. Sony appear to have decided that this particular old cow still has milk left in it. A year or so ago they issued a new single-disc transfer, superbly remastered, of the Lied von der Erde recording in the Great Performances series. One hesitates to describe the new transfer as "state of the art"--not least because, as good as it is, it could probably have been a tiny bit better--but fastidious collectors will immediately spot its superiority to the transfer included in the thirteen-CD set at hand.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By NNNNN on 24 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
SONY seems to have had a reawakening. When they took over the CBS/Columbia catalogue several years ago they carried out a purge against the original name. CBS or Columbia were banned and only SONY appeared. Recordings made before SONY took over were not listed as made by CBS or Columbia but by SONY. Of late SONY has had a change of heart or can it be cynical marketing. They have reissued numerous CBS/Columbia recordings in laminated sleeves that are miniature versions of the original LP covers with the original label name. Nice bit of nostalgia or does SONY think that the older folks who grew up on the LPs (and who now have money) will buy the same recordings on cd even though they already have them on cd? After all there soon might not be enough folks around for whom the original covers would have any nostalgia . Can we later expect an original jacket collection of the Odyssey LP releases of these recordings? Perhaps I'm being a bit cynical but I would't be surprised. Well it must be working as several of these sets have appeared. SONY has brought the old cow to the barn for another milking.
Having said that I can also report that with this issue SONY has made some improvements. Prior issues, like the Stravinsky set, issued each album only as it appeared on LP. So if a work was 33 minutes on LP you got a 33 minute cd. That ridiculousness has ended here and the cds are filled out with works by Wagner recorded by Walter as well as a rehearsal sequence. What is not in question is the superb quality of the performances. Walter was a friend of Mahler who after the composer's death premiered the 9th and Das Lied Von Der Erde. His devotion to his music was life long.In Walter's youth Bruckner was still alive and was new music.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Over-priced, under-powered, and incomplete 26 Nov. 2005
By Bruce Eder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sony Music USA must be dedicated to the notion that in a crisis -- and classical CD sales are in a crisis, as their numbers (and the available retail outlets in which to sell them) spiral downward -- one shouldn't just stand there, but DO something. In this instance, with The Original Jackets Collection: Bruno Walter/Famous Mahler and Bruckner Symphonies, they've tried to do something, sort of. But as is usually the case with Sony Music in America, they've done it half-assed. The whole "original jackets" concept seems to be an effort to emulate what several Japanese labels have done with considerable success, reselling long-established classic recordings by artists ranging from Erroll Garner to Elvis Presley in miniature LP sleeve packaging, usually with state-of-the-art digital sound (20 bit/K2 and 24-bit mastering are the twin standards in Japan); Sony-Japan has done it with considerable success on artists such as Miles Davis and Al Kooper. So the US "original jackets" series was co-opting a Japanese success, but not really -- the series is totally inconsistent when it comes to upgrading sound, which is a major part of the allure of the Japanese mini-LPs; the Szell Beethoven entry was upgraded from the previously existing CD issues in the US, for example, but the Bernstein entry uses the same masters that one can get on the existing US CDs; and the same goes for the Walter set. To top it off, Sony-Japan includes a mini-inner sleeve to protect its discs with each mini-LP, whereas Sony's US division apparently likes the idea of discs rolling out of the double-LP mini-jackets and otherwise getting scratched and damaged -- but they still charge a premium price per disc on these releases.

And the Walter box, in addition to simply re-packaging the same masters that have been available for a lot less money since 1996, isn't even complete when it comes to the conductor's Mahler recordings for the label -- where is his 1955 mono Mahler Symphony No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic? There are other mono and stereo recordings in here with the Philharmonic as well as the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and a perfectly good master of the "missing" performance exists, as it was used in the Masterworks Heritage CD release (which also used the mini-LP concept, a little differently) about eight years ago. Additionally, at least one of the performances here, of the Bruckner 9th, has been upgraded in a separate release, using Sony's DSD technology -- why not at least include that, and why not upgrade the entire body of music, if they expect us to buy it anew? That's how it's done in Japan, whence this whole idea originated. In fact, since Sony is bent on trying to sell Super-Audio CD technology, why not bump these up to that technology as hybrid discs? The answer is that they did it on the cheap. It's a handsome looking box, to be sure, and some of the old cover art was worth reviving (and others, such as for the Mahler 5th, much less so), but it's not worth the $150 list price by a long shot, which was why this listener traded for a used copy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Old cow, good milk 2 Feb. 2009
By pclaudel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Consider these remarks a footnote to the reviews of Messrs. Eder, Falcon, and Modée, who have accurately and admirably detailed the pluses and minuses of this release. In and of itself, the set is a fine one: a compendium of either the only or the last recording made for Columbia by Bruno Walter of works by Wagner, Bruckner, and Mahler. The packaging is handsome albeit a bit wasteful of space, and the annotation is excellent, apart from the absence of most sung texts--not a minor matter, of course. The transfers are not new; they are the same ones used in Sony's sadly defunct Bruno Walter Edition. Without exception, the performances are among the greatest ever recorded. The sound captured on disc is often remarkably true to life; only in the oldest recordings (Mahler's fourth and fifth symphonies) and the ones of the most demanding scale (the Mahler Second and Bruckner's Te Deum) is the want of today's technology keenly felt.

From the packaging and marketing perspective, Sony clearly decided that this particular old cow still had milk left in it. That the recordings in the present set were not remastered before release demonstrates, as others have written, the thoughtlessness of Sony's corporate rulers or their disdain for collectors of classic recordings. The one notable technical advance is the fitting of the Mahler Second onto a single disc. One wonders why it took Sony almost twenty years to offer this improvement, when the technology to effect it was there all along. Overall, despite the riches contained herein, it is hard not to think that Sony considers Bruno Walter's legacy little more than a lure to snare a few bucks from those, young and old, who are drawn to his re-creative art.

A postscript: Mr. Modée, noting the absence of the Lied von der Erde recording from the now hard-to-find budget box he recommends in the present thirteen-CD set's stead, suggests alternatives. One not available at the time he wrote is a superbly remastered reissue in the Great Performances series (note that it is cheaper at the UK Amazon site). One hesitates to describe the new transfer as "state of the art"--not least because, as good as it is, it could probably have been a tiny bit better--but fastidious collectors will spot its superiority to the one here. For the true devotee any incremental improvement is reason enough for a duplicative purchase, but given the nature of the sound engineer's art and craft, today's satisfaction seldom endures.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Great Presentation for Great Performances 10 Aug. 2004
By J P Falcon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First off, avid collectors may already have many of these Bruno Walter recordings in their possession so take note of what you have and see if you want to duplicate your collection....I for one had no problem doing so because I felt that the early Sony transfers of many of these great performances were not up to par as the sound quality is greatly improved in these performances to make it a worthwhile investment for me....mind you, these recordings are mono and early stereo, so we are not talking about high fidelity here, but the older performances are not hampered by the sound quality... Bruno Walter, who knew Gustav Mahler personally, provides some of the finest accounts of Mahler's symphonies...Walter concentrated his conducting on the symphonies presented here, as he was not one to perform the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 8th, frequently, if at all...but what you are getting will demonstrate the clean lines, and sensible tempi that many later day conductors ignored...Das Lied Von Der Erde is an excellent account, and it is a treat to have Walter as an accompianist at the piano for a selction of Mahler' songs....Walter's granatic Bruckner is also included and it was a clever move by the producers of this set to include the Te Deum on the same disc as the Symphony #9... Bruckner was never able to complete the fourth movement of his 9th Symphony and so he had authorized the use of his Te Deum to serve as a final movement to the work...Now most people will agree that the 3 movement unfinished symphony is excellent in it's own right, and there was really no need to go beyond the fantastic and heavenly Adagio that closes the work, but having the Te Deum follow, allows you to experience what Bruckner consented to as an alternative...hey, you can always exclude the track if you so desire....the addition of the Te Deum to this collection shows that record producers do listen to criticism....when the first releases of the ORIGINAL JACKET series came out, they adhered to the concept to the letter, which resulted in most of the CD's being very short in playing time..this was roundly booed by some circles who felt that the editions were too expensive, for reissues, to begin with, and the short playing times made the matter worse...afterall, an LP can only hold about an hour of music, so the duplicate CD's were lacking at least 25-30 minutes of music...this reissue of Bruno Walter's Mahler and Bruckner recordings therefore provides a number of bonus tracks of Richard Wagner's music, including a 45 minute rehearsal of Bruno Walter performing the Siegfried Idyll (he speaks in English)....Of course the Original LP Jackets are great to see again and re-reading the liner notes (though not easy with the small print) was informative....one forgets how a single symphony could take 2 lps to house when we are so used to having everything on 1 cd... A note of caution!...the CD's stored in the 2 album sets are very loosely held within the cardboard case..if you are not careful, the cd's can roll out of the album case and find themselves landing in the kitty litter, boiling soup, or toilet, so keep this in mind when you handle the albums... So, should you buy this set?...If you have these performances in your collection then the obvious answer is no, unless you are like me, someone who likes to renew the packaging and sound quality of what I have, and sell off any dupes...If you are new to the Walter experience regarding Mahler, Bruckner, and Wagner, and you are not concerned about the price, then by all means you will not be disappointed by this set, as it will sit comfortably, as an alternate, next to the ultra passionate Bernstein's Mahler and other worldly experience of Giulini's Bruckner....if you are concerned about the price, you can avoid what some may call the "bells and whistles" of an overpriced set, and seek out these same performances separately for less money....Recommended as a specialty item but higly recommended none the less!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must for Bruno Walter fans! 30 Jun. 2007
By Alan Majeska - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sony's "Original jacket edition" of Bruno Walter's recordings of Mahler, Bruckner and Wagner is a must for his fans. Walter (1876-1962) recorded many works in stereo for Columbia records in the 1957-61 time frame, some of which are included here: Mahler Symphonies 1, 2, 9; Bruckner Symphonies 4, 7, 9; Mahler's song cycle "Das lied von der erde" ; and Wagner Overtures and Preludes, Siegfried Idyll, and rehearsal of Siegfried Idyll. Walter conducts the New York Philharmonic in Mahler 2, Das Lied...; and the Columbia Symphony (Los Angeles, California) in Mahler 1 and 9; the Bruckner items and Wagner Overtures and preludes. Also included in this collection are Walter's earlier New York Philharmonic (mono) recordings of Mahler's Symphony 4 (1945) and Symphony 5 (1947) + lieder with Desi Halban, accompanied by Walter at the piano.
This is the only current release of Walter's Wagner Overtures and Preludes, which sound terrific: I bought this for those items alone.

Walter studied with Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and knew him well from 1894 until Mahler's untimely death in 1911. Walter was age 18-35 at the time, and though not considered the only authoritative voice of interpretation of Mahler's orchestral works by everyone, he knew the Mahler personally, which says ALOT to me!

Sound in all the stereo recordings is excellent, and very good in the mono
Mahler 4 and 5. Walter's sense of line and climax are un-erring, and I always feel great after listening to these recordings. They have a "This is the way it should be" feel about them.

The CD jackets are mini reproductions of the original LP covers, and add a nice feel to the collection. There is ALOT of music here for the money, even if buying this means duplicating some of Walter's recordings from his earlier Odyssey and Bruno Walter Edition (Sony Classical) releases. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Essential recordings 11 Mar. 2007
By L. Johan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This somewhat over-priced but essential box contains a collection of Bruno Walter's Columbia recordings of Gustav Mahler's symphonies, nos. 1 (stereo), 2 (stereo), 4 (mono), 5 (mono), 9 (stereo), and Das Lied von der Erde (stereo). In addtion, we find a sample of Walter's Mahler symphony 9 rehearsal, a short Walter-Michaelis discussion on Mahler, and a selection of Mahler's Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit (mono) with Walter at the piano, next to Desi Halban.

It collects also Walter's recordings of some of the Bruckner symphonies, nos. 4, 7, 9, and the Te Deum (all in stereo).

Finally, there are also some of Walter's recordings of Wagner music included - some overtures and introductions, the Good Friday Music from Parsifal, and a wonderful Siegfried Idyll (all in stereo).

All this stuff has already been available in separate sets, but some of them are out of print.

There is a much cheaper way to get the Mahler recordings: they have, with the exception of Das Lied von der Erde, been released in a bargain "Columbia Legends" box ($37.99). But the Das Lied von der Erde - the present box include the excellent Columbia stereo version with Haefliger and Miller - is out of print in the US and Europe. It is, however, available in Japan for 1.895 yen, so check amazon.jp if you look for that recording only.

Perhaps not a must for every serious collector, then, considering the high price. But all the recordings are essential, and the use of the original LP-covers is attractive (I have always considered the plastic CD-cases as a complete mistake: they take too much shelf space), even if the box that collects them is one half inch too thick. You get Walter's groundbreaking mono recordings of Mahler's fourth and fifth, in fine transfers and original covers, coupled with his excellent stereo recordings from the early sixties, all of which still must be seen as reference recordings. This holds for the Bruckner recordings as well. This box is presently the easiest and shelf-space saving way to get them all. So I recommend buying it used, at a more reasonable price.
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