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Mahler's Seventh Symphony: Selected Discography

Paul Gibson
 
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
"Pick #1: Bernstein's first recording of this work. This is the finest performance from the entire first cycle. Top choice along with Gielen and Abbado #1."
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor ~ Gielen
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor ~ Gielen
"Pick #2: Gielen and the SWR are truly spectacular here. A top pick. Emphasizes the modern and bizarre aspects of this work."
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
"Pick #3: This is the recording that introduced me to the work. Some unbelievably outstanding playing from the Chicago Symphony."
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
"The best non-interventionist approach recording. This is a well played and well captured performance. One of my favorites, but it falls to a close 2nd to the above."
Symphony 7
Symphony 7
"Kubelik is more straight forward than some. I like this Live version even more than the studio recording for DG. I wish they left in the applause though."
Symphony No. 7 in E Minor
Symphony No. 7 in E Minor
"Scherchen made the very first recording of this work. This was made a few years later, but it gives an impression of the early 50's take on Mahler."
Conducts Mahler
Conducts Mahler
"Another 50's performance, this time from Rosbaud.  I like the Scherchen better personally, but you'll want to hear both."
Symphony 7
Symphony 7
"Horenstein's live account of the Seventh.  No Mahler fan will want to be without. Better playing and sound than Barbirolli also on BBC Legends."
Symphony 7
Symphony 7
"Barbirolli in an live performance. You have to make some concessions for the playing here. This work requires an absolutely virtuoso orchestra, but this slow, heavy performance should be heard."
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
"Rattle's 7th has much going for it. Very well thought out in general. Some interesting thoughts on the inner movements. It is strange how meticulous he is about some things, but careless about others."
Mahler: Symphony No.  7 / Diepenbrock: Im Grossen Schweigen
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 / Diepenbrock: Im Grossen Schweigen
"Chailly leads one of the most overwhelming 7th's. Barbirolli and Bernstein come close, but I think this one takes the cake for the interventionist school of Mahler interpretation. Epic and Lusty!"
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
"After some soul searching I have decided to add this recording to the list. It's still not a top pick for me but it does rank easily with Chailly or Rattle."
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in Full Score
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in Full Score
"You will probably want a copy of the score."