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Maybe an Expensive Starting Point,
This review is from: Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (LSO/Gergiev) (Audio CD)
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!