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4.0 out of 5 stars Great recording indeed, but..., 8 Dec 2008
This review is from: Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde - Ludwig, Wunderlich, Klemperer (Audio CD)
In my search for great recordings of Das Lied, I've long avoided this one because I knew critics and listeners alike praise it to the skys. That means it stays in print for long time, and meanwhile I could search for more elusive great recordings. I've come across many sublime recordings on the way - Ormandy, Reiner, Tennstedt, Kubelik (live version), Karajan, Horenstein, Giulini...

And now when I finally listened to the celebrated Klemperer/Ludwig recording, I was very impressed by the vivid and beautifully sculpted reading by Klemperer and by Ludwig's outstanding singing, but I was not as moved as some of the above accounts. Great recording as it may be, Klemperer's account lacks something more which takes the music on a higher realm. Personally, I think Reiner, Ormandy, Horenstein, Tennstedt, and Kubelik's live recording have that transcendental quality.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2010 16:36:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2010 17:34:10 BDT
Anagnostic says:
Extreme self imposed aural abstinence can mar ones appreciation. Fortunately your judgement appears unscathed-although I think your star rating might have been a bit severe. Surely the comparative excellence that you allude to is incommensurable with the law of fives in these recordings. I have just ordered the Live Kubelik (I think I have the others you have mentioned) so I stand to be corrected.
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