HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI/Angel) Gustav Mahler – Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Szell)


Many thanks to Jean-Luc for the wonderful Elisabeth&Dietrich
This performance is generally given top recommendation by Mahler devotees. Penguin, for example, says “Szell’s 1968 Kingsway Hall recording of ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ was a primary recommendation for three decades at premium price. Now it rightly joins EMI’s “Great Recordings of the Century’ and the careful remastering plus the lower price will surely extend its catalogue life for a considerable time to come. The superb singing of Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau is underpinned by the wonderfully sensitive playing from the LSO under Szell, who matches and even surpasses his achievement with his own Cleveland Orchestra in the Fourth Symphony.” Gramophone is equally complimentary, having given this their Gramophone award, saying in their 2012 Guide: “EMI’s classic recording made in 1968 more or less puts all rivals out of the court. Even those who find Schwarzkopf’s singing mannered will be hard pressed to find more persuasive versions of the female songs than she gives, while Fischer-Dieskau and Szell are in a class of their own most of the time.” “Also, few command the musical stage as Fischer-Dieskau does in a song such as ‘Revelge’, where every drop of irony and revulsion from the spectre of war is fiercely, grimly caught.”

Composer: Gustav Mahler

Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: George Szell


Vinyl 1968
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.97 GB
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Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Telarc) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1 “Titan” (Slatkin)


I remember I purchased this almost 40 years ago, after reading a review of this on a HiFi magazine […] which found the sound extraordinary and the interpretation almost as great. I was all my life into Sir Georg Solti’s Mahler-Cycle, but I had to hear this. I got it and listened. Absolutely magnificent paying. The music sings and all the orchestral contrasts are magnificently managed. I have several recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies, some performances are also outstanding, but I would say none really really better. Since Mahler can be interpreted in more than one way, it is hard to compare them. Here, the clarity of the orchestra and the sound-stage are incredible. If you love Mahler and if you have a good sound system, don’t miss this. This will make you speechless.
Audiophile factor
and artistic factor: very high!

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Vinyl 1981
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Telarc
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.81 GB
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: audite Records | 80.476
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.90GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.48GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (416MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.480
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.86GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.45GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (404MB)
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.465
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.82GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.42GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (376MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 (Neumann)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this splendid “Grandezza”
Vaclav Neumann (1920-95) was the first conductor behind the Iron Curtain to record all the Mahler symphonies. He did so with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he was kaepllmesiter from 1964-68, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra of these recordings, where he gained greatest fame as chief conductor from 1968-90. Perhaps owing to the enforced mantra of Socialist reality in East Germany and Czechoslovakia during his time, beauty tends to replace neuroses in his recordings. Indeed, Neumann’s Mahler is about as far removed temperamentally as possible from the Mahler-as-neurotic standard of Bernstein, Solti, Tilson Thomas and others in the West. Instead, Neumann focuses on beauty of sound and orchestral execution. There is prodigious beauty here in this Symphony. The overall impression this left me is: beautiful. Not overly angsty, tortured Mahler; rather, Mahler led by a dedicated conductor and a fantastic Czech Orchestra.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra:  Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Vinyl 1980
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 3.14 GB
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: audite Records | 80.403
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.74GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.87GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (490MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (‘Resurrection’) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.402
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.17GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.57GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (397MB)
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Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (‘Titan’) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.467
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.98GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.00GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (267MB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Of all the different Mahler Firsts I’ve heard, I think this is my new favorite.

The review below says it all.. “If you love Mahler, you must hear this no matter how many other Firsts you may have in your collection. Artistic quality: 10   Sound quality: 10”

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony Of A Thousand”) (Tennstedt)

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All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc

This is one great recording of this great work. Without being too wordy. This recording will show you how good your system really is. Get it..It’s also a great performance as well. Barely seven minutes into the performance and we already experience a triumphant exultation–one beautiful soaring melody after another in this wonderful celebration of life.
Yes, there is great singing (all the soloists and choirs are magnificent!) but even more important are the absolutely GORGEOUS parts for the human voice. This is why the human voice is the greatest of all musical instruments. If you like beautiful singing at its passionate best, this is a performance you will return to frequently.
The “Symphony of a Thousand” (a poetic rather than literal title) was a Tennstedt specialty. The most admired part of his EMI Mahler cycle was this symphony; he recorded it in 1986, in fairly distant sound that exhibits a good deal of digital glassiness. The conductor was battling throat cancer, first diagnosed in 1985, which forced him to step down as pricnipal conductor of the London Phil. in 1987, having held the post for only four years. His returns to London thereafter were considered unique events, all the more fragile because of Tennstedt’s precarious health and last-minute cancellations. On this occasion the energy that he summons is monumental and one must say, heroic. Even Bernstein didn’t marshal the gigantic forces of the Mahler Eighth with such command and breadth, as if embracing a musical cosmos.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer:
London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir,  Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott, Trudeliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize, Richard Versalle, Jorma Hynninen, Hans Sotin
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
Vinyl 1986
Number of discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.71 GB
Scan: yes
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Barbirolli / NPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (original UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
# Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: His Master’s Voice | ASD 2518-9
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.62GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.81GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (478MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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Walter / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (US pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Bruno Walter
# Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Columbia Masterworks | M2L 676
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.88GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.38GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (359MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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Reiner / CSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (2LP, Classic Records, 180g test pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Fritz Reiner
# Performer: Lisa Della Casa
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Classic Records | LSC-2364
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (2.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.08GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (293MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

This is by far, the rarest and most expensive item I have ever shared here on boxset.

Test pressings are usually limited to 20-25 copies. They’re given to the artists/producers/etc to check things before doing a full press run – the very first copies produced. Occasionally, they will contain anomalies and end up being scrapped. More often than not, however, they are pristine with phenomenal sound. That is the case here.

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Horenstein / LSO – Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (UK pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1970)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Unicorn Records | RHS 302/303
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.61GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.77GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (436MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Since being bitten by “the Mahler bug,” I’ve been doing a lot of research.

Just about everything I’ve read said that this is the best performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. This is new music to me, so I can’t make any comparisons yet, But I will say this. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The performance is exciting and the sound quality is stunning. Very highly recommended.

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Kondrashin / MPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (USSR pressing, 2LP)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
# Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Мелодия | C 0813-16
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.06GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.54GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (429MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

OK, it’s official. I’m a rabid Mahler fan now. This was the performance that did it.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Supraphon) Gustav Mahler – Symphonies 1 & 9 (Ancerl)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this rarity
These classic Karel Ancerl recordings are, in my opinion, among the best accounts of Mahler’s symphonies that are available at present. The playing of the orchestra is outstanding, especially the brass department (note the typical horn vibrato) and the recording quality is very good for its age. But, above all, this set is to be treasured for Ancer’s superb interpretation, which is as good as an interpretation can be: moving, powerful, balanced, convincing, non-mainstream, and provoking.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Czech Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karel Ancerl
Vinyl (1964-66)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Supraphon
DR-Analysis: 15
Size: 2.51 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 8 – Solti

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another gem
Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 1.67 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7 – Solti

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this beauty
Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1971/1976)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.55 GB
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Various Artists – DG111: 6 Classic Recordings (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann, Antonin Dvorák, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Gustav Mahler
# Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
# Conductors: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (2016)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 11, DR 13, DR 11, DR 14, DR 12, DR 15
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 5449 1
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (13.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.64GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.69GB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Deutsche Grammophon is the world’s largest and most successful classical music label with a history stretching back to the dawn of recorded sound in 1898. The yellow label has always been synonymous with classical music, repertoire breadth and the greatest artist roster in the world.

This deluxe box set presents six of the label’s greatest albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal in Germany, each release has been carefully mastered from original sources.

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