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Idiosyncratic, well-recorded - a different perspective.,
This review is from: Mahler, •Sinopoli: The Complete Recordings (DG Collectors Edition) (Audio CD)
This is a box set of the Mahler cycle Sinopoli recorded for DG with the Philharmonia back in the 1980's (at about the same time that Maazel was recording his cycle with the VPO).
Production values are high - the set is well-recorded and generally well-played/sung (though rehersal times were reputedly quite tight). Sinopoli was a unique conductor, he would often take an 'independent' line, and his recordings, at their best, quite often bring out details that others don't. Never as 'passionate' as Bernstein or Inbal (or indeed Abbado in later years), never as 'reserved' as Bertini, Sinopoli produced Mahler that could still be revealing and intellectual. Brigitte Fassbaender's contribution to the Resurrection and Songs of a Wayfarer is divine. In addition, you get the whole of the Song of the Earth.
Still, there are drawbacks. I find Sinopoli's Number 7 bizarre - the tempos just aren't right (it feels that he's lost track of the music at times), and the price of this set seems to vary a great deal.
At bargain price, it's well worth a look, at a higher price, then I think it's an alternative view that will reward the completist.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2010 15:37:17 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Prospective purchasers might like to be aware that the set has been remastered onto 12 discs and is available from the German Amazon site for about 23 euros. Quite a bargain despite the absence of any notes other than a list of tracks. My overall impression is that it is well recorded and interpreted, but it has to be admitted that the Philharmonia Orchestra does not always have such a lush string sound as is to be found on some other Mahler sets.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2011 18:32:52 GMT
I have the 12 disc re-issue and it is a wonderful bargain.It should be noted though that the newer release omits Das Klagende Lied.From what I gather having read several reviews this is not a great loss as it was a live recording in Tokyo featuring a Japanese chorus which as Richard Osborne of Gramophone magazine states is "good for East/West cultural relations perhaps, but not so good for Mahler"!
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2014 13:49:43 GMT
D. S. CROWE says:
It is Sinopoli's deconstructionist approach to the Seventh which most commentators, myself included, find to be the indispensable recording of this excellent but variable set! It is " another" view-but it is fascinating, absorbing -and brilliantly played!
The 9th shows the signs of the rushed preparation referred to, and is scrappy and uninvolved-unlike his Profil live recording with the Dresdners which is utterly magnificent.
The problem with Das Klagende Lied is not so much that the choir is bad, but it sounds like they were recorded in a phone box outside the venue! Otherwise Sinopoli gets it really right!
However, the newly released (in the UK anyway) M3 with the SWR Stuttgart Orchestra on Weitblick is the finest in the catalogue-trust me on this! it is SUPERB in EVERY way-playing beyond belief from this band. A review in due course when I have time. SC.
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