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2.0 out of 5 stars I found it hard going in places, 28 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Mahler: Complete Symphonies 1-10 & Songs (Rattle) [14cd] (Audio CD)
I have to disagree with the positive comments: this set just did not do it for me. It has taken me 6 months to get through all the discs and at times it has almost put me off Mahler. When I wish to hear any of the works again I very much doubt that it will be these Rattle interpretations I will be reaching for as I just get much more satisfaction from my other Mahler recordings. It is very difficult to find a single word or phrase which would sum up my attitude to much of the conducting on this set - probably "that's not the way I would do it" would be the nearest.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2008 01:07:18 GMT
I like this review. Some would probably criticize it for not being specific enough in telling WHY you don't like it, but I disagree. Sometimes I feel the same way: This just isn't the way it ought to sound. Why? I don't know. Maybe it's based on previous listening to a certain work.
In the case of Rattle's Mahler, I have not heard very much of it, but I do remember hearing the 2nd symphony and not being impressed. I would ask the reviewer what conductors' Mahler he does like. I also would hope that Rattle's Mahler has not discouraged this reviwer from listening to Mahler. Have you tried Tennstedt's Mahler? Inbal's? Both sets are currently available at quite inexpensive rates.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2009 17:41:15 GMT
mark0000 says:
Me too - I remember vividly the day I first heard Rattle's Mahler 2. The feeling of being underwhelmed remains with me to this day.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2009 14:00:37 BDT
I`ve heard Rattle twice in Mahler-No.9 and Das lied Von der Erde.
I have enormous respect for Rattle (not least for his efforts to highlight the plight of musical education in the UK)but these two performances left me strangely unmoved. Hard to quantify why exactly but i think he`s obsessed with the passing moment (every bar is seemingly accompanied by an imploring facial expression)that the broader emotional sweep is lacking.
I don`t think this music is in his bloodstream in the way it is with say Kubelik,Bernstein or even Karajan in the famous Mahler 9 recording.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2010 03:57:19 GMT
Neil Ford says:
But, as a review, "I didn't like it" isn't of much use to me as a potential buyer.

Posted on 31 Dec 2010 21:18:51 GMT
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Posted on 3 Apr 2011 20:41:06 BDT
Obviously books like penguin guide put Rattle up there. The critics love much of his work with both the cbso and the berlin ph. However, I listened to a mates Symphony no2, then went home and listened to my kubelek version -different league completely. Drama, emotion, involving, all the words the critics use to describe Rattles Mahler, I found none of those in Rattles interpretations, maybe Im not concentrating enough, maybe I am just to thick to get it, or the man lacks the ability to reach audiences with exciting music. Even in dvd's, I really feel for the orchestra with his fake ott, over enthusiastic, student like, even fake facial expressions. I mean, I believe the guy is a living legend, you could never say his recordings are particularly harsh or un balanced for that. It is just great to know others in here feel the same, particularly as a budding conductor myself.

Posted on 26 Apr 2011 07:19:09 BDT
Much mention is made of the glorious 2nd in "comments". I cannot desist from highly recommending Gary Bertini's version (complete symphonies box). He and his "forces" just seem to get it so right.
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