on 14 April 2013
If you've got singers who can sing the notes correctly you might be half way there. Not here. Strained, flat singing, off key. It's happening with nearly all the modern Mahler 8's coming our way now. What's wrong with the singers these days??
We should go back to Solti for a near perfect cast, unfortunately he ruins the piece by rushing it. Wyn Morris and Tennstedt also do a pretty good job and so does Bernstein in Vienna.
Nevermind how great this SACD sounds in terms of SACD, the balance of the instruments is terrible - where was that solo violin in part 2? Stenz doesn't quite make the piece a whole. Jovanovich ain't Kollo and some of the female voices are just wooly. I'm not projected to the ecstatic as I am in Inbal, Ozawa, Tennstedt, Abbado, Bernstein and Wyn Morris's recordings. Stenz's Mahler 8 fails as it does not do justice to Mahler's genius creation.