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I want to point out, in case anybody's wondering what's wrong with their CD player, during the very beginnning of the second movement of this song cycle, a distant beeping sound is heard. I was at the performance when this recording was made. That's the sound of a stupid audience member who forgot to turn off their digital watch.
Just a heads up, in case. But as of the orchestra's performance, go for it!
Stuart Skelton, a promising Australian dramatic tenor with a slightly beefy sound, does well. The engineers were smart to mike him close enough that he doesn't have to shout over the orchestra, and although Skelton doesn't approach Fritz Wunderlich or Ben Heppner for beauty of voice or deep interpretation, he's as satisfying as far more famous tenors on rival versions. The engineering throughout is exemplary -- I listened to the two-channel stereo version -- and no doubt will prove one of the strongest draws in the SACD surround format.
There's no limit to how expressive the instrumental solos should be in this music. But the San Francisco Sym. doesn't have many first-rate woodwind and brass players, so we wind up nowhere near Klemperer's New Philharmonia Orch. on his classic EMI recording, much less the Vienna or Berlin Phil.Read more ›
I listened to the complete recording via those lossy streaming files. Immediately afterwards, I listened to it again. Then I rushed out to purchase the recording at the nearest Brick & Mortar store that still carries classical CDs, after which I listened to it again, and again, and again. (I cannot recall the last time I was so thoroughly seduced by a recording.Read more ›
As for the SFS and Maestro Thomas, along with Mssrs. Hampson and Skelton, the performance was first class. Mr. Hampson, whom I have admired equally with Dietrich Fischer-Diskau as being at the top of the heap was even more convincing than Christa Ludwig for Bernstein, in my estimation, but that's just a personal preference. That is not to take away a scintilla of perfection in Ludwig's performances. Mr. Skelton was wonderful in every respect, particularly since Mahler is so demanding of the high voice in this work.
I agonized as to whether buy Lennie's NYP recording with Ludwig, which many consider as good as it gets (other than *perhaps* Walter and the Vienna in the early 60's) or the SFS/Thomas recording. Frankly, I chose the San Francisco Symphony because I'm unabashedly in love with that orchestra. I grew up in San Francisco with it. The SFS is my first connection with serious music. (I go back as far as Enrique Jorda!)
In any event, I was not disappointed. Tilson-Thomas has brought that orchestra to the highest, world-class level. The players are incredible. And what he does with the great German/Viennese symphonists is to make this ensemble proud. Bravo.
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Michael Tilson Thomas is a great Mahlerian, and this recording doesn't disappoint. I must say, I prefer songs 2, 4, and 6 being sung by a baritone, as opposed to a mezzo-soprano. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Howard Golden Jr.
This piece is my favorite of Mahler. I find this performance to be one of the best. As good if not better than Bernstein's.Published on February 1, 2010 by S. Bloom