This successful coupling fits not only the 1:st symphony but also the song cycle that Mahler later used countless themes from for his first three symphonies; "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen". Kubelik chooses relatively swift tempos - ensuring excitement and cunningly avoiding any negative side of swiftness: the dreaded "rushing". In some aspects, Kubelik could be considered an outsider among Mahler conductors with a conducting style that sometimes are the exact opposite of many contemporary conductors. His fresh and uncomplicated interpretation is often very obvious but nevertheless brilliantly powerful. This midprice CD is remastered and very well remastered indeed with all analogue pros in a digital setting. In short, a very nice coupling!
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