Dear Ralph-I bought this set the day it was released, and as far as I am aware have all the current stereo Gurrelieders including Kubelik, Ferencsik, Mehta (truly awful!), etc. up to Salonen. My only quibble with your review is that you do not praise this set enough!! it's SUPERB!! Joking apart: Other observations are that as far as the "Taube" is concerned, Fassbaender is a bit ragged, Lipovsek is ethereally beautiful in Abbado's slightly soft-grained performance, von Otter is depressingly poor of voice-in fact I find the Rattle to be a poor performance all round.
Monica Groop in the new Salonen is INFURIATING-she bgins phrases with a superb legato, loses it in the middle and wobbles alarmingly-then regains it at the end! Ouch!
The Dove for whom I would like to put in a plea is Jennifer Larmore in the Sinopoli recording. I initially did not like his more deliberate tempi, and darker mood all round-but I have grown to admire this reading second only to Levine. Larmore and Sinopoli are electrifying in this movement-and of course, Klaus Maria Brandauer puts all "Sprechers" in the shade, even Hotter-and is worth the price of the set alone-BUT, there is of course, the vocal strangulations of Thomas Moser to put up with, worse here than for Rattle.
i would now commend to you the Levine/Munich Bartok Bluebeard's castle, and the Act 111 Siegfried set with Morris, Svenden, Heppner and Voight-oh, what might have been-too late now!!
Congratulations on a superb review! Best Regards, Stewart