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Mahler: Symphonies Nos 1-9
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on 17 July 2015
'The LSO has never sounded better — a fantastic orchestra!' Audiophile Audition

'With Gergiev the music’s emotional subtext comes bubbling to the surface.' Classic FM Magazine

'These performances contain sensational moments... the orchestral playing never disappoints.' The Arts Desk

'The virtuosity and sensitivity of the London Symphony Orchestra – in solo or ensemble writing, or in rich tuttis – is a continual exhilarating delight.' BBC Music Magazine
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2014
Lovely spacious sound, played with precision and feeling. Once again a real MP3 bargain.The drama, tension and romance are all apparent. The symphonies come across with great vigour, but also moments of considerable tenderness. Don't miss Mahler's "world of music" if you are not already in it!
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2013
10/10 brilliant set of Mahler symphonies the L.S.O. under this conductor have never sounded better , buy this set .
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2014
I have given this 3 stars as 3 is the average and I don't want to disturb the overall rating this set has received, but if you are new to Mahler - perhaps thinking of dipping your toe in the mystical waters of possibly the greatest last Romantic composer - then you will notice this set has mixed reviews.

As a starting point I strongly suggest the Mahler set by Bertini.

Mahler: Symphonies 1 - 10, Das Lied von der Erde [Box set] : Gary Bertini and The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Have a read of the reviews that Bertini's set evoked: much more even.

At under half the price of the Gergiev, it represents far greater value and is an excellent starting point to explore Mahler - it also contains the magnificent Das Lied von der Erde.

I should also mention that for anyone who likes Mahler, the Bertini is almost mandatory!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2014
Regente infalível.
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9 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2013
More Mahler on here than you will probably ever need in a lifetime. Well played and well recorded, but not something to have on in the background. This is no lift music - you have to actually listen to it. Will probably be able to give a better, more comprehensive review of this in about ten years time. In the meantime, glad I bought it.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2013
It's hard to get all this music ideally recorded in one box, and I don't think it's ever been achieved. The playing is fine however, and interpretation is a subjective issue (after all, it's very easy to get used to a favourite recording). The recordings seem rather distant to me, as I have previously enjoyed many LSO live recordings, e.g. Sibelius & Dvorak symphonies, various Berlioz, etc.).
In summary, at the moment I feel that some of the symphonies fare better than others but a) I need to spend more time with them; and b) they still represent good value for money and you certainly shouldn't discount getting hold of them.
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