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5.0 out of 5 stars A HIDDEN MAHLER TREAT, 8 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Audio CD)
Get past the rather nondescript packaging and you will find truly outstanding performances of Mahler.
The quality has an inevitability about it: after all, both the featured orchestras are two of the finest, if not the very finest, Mahler ensembles in the world. And Leonard Bernstein is here at his finest too. His energy, passion, drama and depth shine in tremendous, exciting performances.
In the very popular first symphony, the magnificent Concertgebouworkest give it absolutely everything they have: always intense, in the most serene stillnesses right through to the thunderous, devastating climaxes. Electrifying in every way, without ever going over the top.
These wonderful discs then give you another of Mahler's most popular works, the fifth symphony, in a majestic reading from the Vienna Phiharmonic. With their typical warmth and ease, they give a consummate, powerful display. The famous adagietto alone could sell this recording: perfectly smooth, achingly affecting - simply sublime.
A very poetic rendition of the Songs of a Wayfarer is included, again with the V.P.O. impeccable, with Thomas Hampson, whose youthful voice sounds perfect for the piece.
All this and digital sound quality too. Wonderful!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't find a better bargain., 21 May 2007
This review is from: Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Audio CD)
Two of the greatest ever Mahler performances on a cheap twofer from DG. As Radio 3 building a library said about one of these perfomances, I forget which, Bernstein is Mahler. You need look no further than these recordings for these symphonies. Cheaply packaged, but if you would like to spend more on expensive booklets and nice cover photos pick any other recordings in the catalogue, you'll end up with lesser perfomances but a better looking object to place on your coffee table, do people still have coffee tables. This 2 disc set is like signing two footballers playing in your local park and finding later they are Pele and Maradonna. Heart on sleeve Bernstein at times but it's Mahlers heart.
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