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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mahler, Breathtaking Bernstein!
This is the set to own if you care at all about Mahler. The performances by Bernstein are truly memorable and absolutely spine-tingling. Each symphony is represented by a favourite movement and each movement is played to perfection. Bernstein seems to understand the complexity of Mahler and exploits every nuance of his character in the music. If I had to chose a favourite...
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Colleen Denman

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3.0 out of 5 stars What is meant to be this disc's USP?
It is very difficult to see who the disc is aimed at.

When I saw the disc advertised I thought it would be a populist Mahler highlights disc and whilst it serves that purpose to some extent -e.g . it includes the adagietto from no 5 which is well known , the same cannot be said of all the excerpts -indeed that from No 7 would probably put some viewers off...
Published on 8 July 2010 by Mr. John Crompton


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mahler, Breathtaking Bernstein!, 5 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Bernstein's Mahler [DVD] [2010] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is the set to own if you care at all about Mahler. The performances by Bernstein are truly memorable and absolutely spine-tingling. Each symphony is represented by a favourite movement and each movement is played to perfection. Bernstein seems to understand the complexity of Mahler and exploits every nuance of his character in the music. If I had to chose a favourite it would be the first part of the 8th symphony, all 24 minutes of it! Inspirational!! This disc is a real bargain - don't miss it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What is meant to be this disc's USP?, 8 July 2010
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Mr. John Crompton (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bernstein's Mahler [DVD] [2010] [NTSC] (DVD)
It is very difficult to see who the disc is aimed at.

When I saw the disc advertised I thought it would be a populist Mahler highlights disc and whilst it serves that purpose to some extent -e.g . it includes the adagietto from no 5 which is well known , the same cannot be said of all the excerpts -indeed that from No 7 would probably put some viewers off Mahler for life. There is nothing at all in the leaflet about the music to put any of the extracts in context or to say anything about the "programme" of the symphony so if the aim was that it should be an introduction to the composer it has failed.

Visually, It is interesting to see the various concert venues and to note how well behaved the audiences are and also to observe the body language of the VPO musicians. Many are clearly not in their comfort zone -but whether this is reaction to having to play what was fairly unfamiliar music or to this particular conductor is open to debate.

This single disc is obviously a lot cheaper than buying the whole set but it is not particularly good value for what is essentially a trailer for the full set. I cannot see many people playing it from beginnning to end very often as the extracts do not add up to any sort of satisfying whole. So only 3 stars as a DVD. The quality of the music making is five star material though. Sound very good if you use the DTS option but only average otherwise.
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