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Gustav Mahler: The Complete Symphonies &  Kindertotenlieder
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2015
What an amazing bargain this set is! I'm no musician, but I know what I like, and I find Mahler a pleasure to listen to, and this collection of recordings, almost all from the 1960s, does not disappoint in any way. My sincere thanks to Mr Bernstein and the musicians of the NYPO (and the LSO in Symphony 8 and the Israel Philharmonic in the Baker/Bernstein recording of Kindertotenlieder, both from the mid-70s) and all of the soloists (particularly the wonderful Janet Baker in Kindertotenlieder in disc 12) for a truly enjoyable musical experience, and a bargain box set to go in any collection. My only gripe would be that the booklet which comes with the set could have featured less of Bernstein's biography (freely available online as required) and instead have reproduced the sleevenotes from each of the 12CDs; though it's a nice hark-back to the 60/70s, the printing on the CD sleeves is at the lower extreme of my eyesight test card - but that does little to detract from the pleasure of listening to the performances from a fine orchestra and a true champion of this wonderful music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's a great recording, and the information insert is a fascinating insight into Bernstein's relationship with Mahler's work. The interpretation is typically Bernstein: vibrant and insightful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2013
When you hear Bernstein in Mahler (and in other composers) there are jaw-dropping moments aplenty, either of revelation or willfulness, fortunately mostly the former. These earlier performances are less indulgent, more thrusting, than the later DG set, where greater recorded detail is sometimes offset by an over indulgent approach. His vocal soloists (apart from Janet Baker in the Kindertotenleider) are not always ideally expressive, and the first trumpet of the New York Philharmonic often has too much vibrato, but this set has some electrifying playing. Some interpretations remain constant, and those that dont are rarely changed for the better. This is the one to have, with a sense of freshness, excitement and discovery.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
If ever there was a very special interpretation of Mahler's Symphonies , this is it. Not only was Bernstein a harbinger of Mahler . But almost an unbeatable one .
The playing of The NYPO with Bernstein is spectacular . As a test , just listen to the 1st movement of Mahler's 3rd .
This is musicmaking on an exalted level seldom heard . And the sound is spacious and often spectacular .
Birgir Gudgeirsson .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2015
I have been very loyal to Bernard Haitink's interpretation of Mahler's symphonies for many, many years. So sorry Bernard, I was wrong. Having just purchased this Bernstein set I'm afraid you are eclipsed. This really is perfect Mahler. Phrasing, tempi, dynamics...you name it, it just doesn't get better than this. Where have I been !!!!
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on 24 May 2015
What a wonderful box set this is. The quality of the recordings is much better than expected and the sound is crystal clear. The price is unbeatable.
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on 18 May 2015
A fabulous set of CDs! All are remakes from way back and the sound could not be better, every instrument is there!
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on 15 January 2015
Wonderful Mahler by Bernstein - and sound ouright amazing - credits to Sony for that restoration
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on 6 May 2015
wonderful recordings, especially no 2 & 5. well worth having as a collection.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2012
For any Mahler lover, this is a must buy. An spectacular stereo sound of this sixties performances by The New York Philarmonic (with the only exeption of the Eighth, by The London Philarmonic). The LP replicas are exquisite as well, although the double ones (second, third and sixth with ninth in one of them) are difficult to open, as the aperture is in the center once opened.
A great pack, with reference versions on it. At a price of less than 3 £ each, are you still reading me instead of buying it?
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