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Symphonies 1-10 & Kindertotenlieder [Box set, Import]

Gustav Mahler , Lorin Maazel , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00006J45S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand and intermittently glorious February 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD
In an ideal world, I wouldn't recommend buying just one set of Mahler symphonies but would suggest picking and choosing from amongst the myriad individual recordings now available, but in these days of economic uncertainty parsimony is in order and anyone keen to acquire them all cheaply could do a lot worse than buying this bargain box set, especially as the price on Marketplace has kept on dropping.

I was a little unsure as reviews fall into two distinct camps but most agree on certain, distinct advantages apart from price. Chief amongst them is the simply glorious playing and sound of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Maazel has always been credited with a good ear for balances and textures; the combination of his forensic style and mostly measured speeds means that you really can hear what is going in the orchestra - which in the case of the VPO, is invariably a good thing. Another indubitable bonus is the warmth and clarity of the recorded sound, which is unimpeachable. As a voice-fancier, I suggest that the third big attraction here is the quality of solo voices, beginning with Agnes Baltsa as the soloist in the Third Symphony and also providing a bonus of her admirable version of "Kindertotenlieder"; her tangy mezzo is a great asset. In addition, we hear Jessye Norman in the Resurrection Symphony and Kathleen Battle in what is often awarded the accolade of "Best Fourth Symphony" and which is certainly the high point of the set. I was not optimistic about the line-up of singers for the "Symphony of a Thousand" but in fairness many of them sound better than I have heard them elsewhere, especially Sharon Sweet, Florence Quivar and Simon Estes, despite a bit of bluster from the latter.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Mahler you have to get this collection. February 13, 2011
By mjab
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are so many interpretations on Mahler's...sometimes it could be hard for us, Malherians in hart and soul, to get what we could think will fill our expectations. No doubt Bernstein's are wonderful but, almost any other conductor that had directed Mahler's symphonies can't be named as a disaster. In fact, to conduct Mahler you have to be a good conductor, and a very good one. Maazel is not the exception; this limited edition with the Vienna Philharmonic have almost all what I look in a Mahler's symphonies version. It has many outstanding features and a few downsides which are more related to the delicacy or intimacy of some passages rather than with the technical perfection (if there is anything perfect about playing music...). The first symphony have have enough power to compete with Bernstein's, leading to a slower finale with powerfull percussion that adds a very solemn, serious mood, rather than a festive character. Sometimes it gives the impression that brasses plays over the top, but this is what is marvelous about Mahler. Why a conductor have to limit all that power at loud passages instead of giving it the strongest and powerfull way he can? The first movement from "Resurrection" is, to put it simple, to blow your head off...compared with this one the Rattle's version with CBSO sounds anaemic...and same can say about the hughe forces that Maazel uses on the other loud passages from the rest of the symphonies, with the exception of the Eighth...here the absolute winner is Solti's. About the other downsides, well...I did not like the very slow tempo on the Third's finale, which I prefer with Bernstein and Solti; that is, a little bit faster. Read more ›
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