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Gustav Mahler, The Complete Symphonies / LPO, Tennstedt Import, Box set
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Klaus Tennstedt conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra through all nine of Mahler's complete symphonies-the ones known as Titan; Resurrection; Tragic; Song of the Night; Symphony of a Thousand , and all the others-plus the opening Adagio of his unfinished Symphony No. 10 . 11 CDs of music plus a suitably epic 72-page booklet!
Hot on the heels of DG's new reissue of the Bernstein's complete Mahler symphonies and song cycles, EMI has repackaged Klaus Tennstedt's recordings of all 10 symphonies. Although he remade symphonies 5 through 7, these are his first versions, essentially the same performances that used to be available in three separate boxes at mid price. Now at budget price, and at virtually a third of the cost of DG's Bernstein set, Tennstedt's Mahler is one hell of a bargain. The performances aren't as consistent as Bernstein's. The London Philharmonic was never a great Mahler orchestra, and minor errors are fairly common, especially in the Sixth Symphony, which was the conductor's own favorite among all his recordings despite the lapses in the brass section. It's a performance of frightening intensity, and it's easy to understand his affection for it. All of Tennstedt's Mahler features such spontaneity, emotional honesty, and real human warmth that reservations about execution and sound largely fall by the wayside. Hearing it again is a deeply moving experience. --David Hurwitz
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I own cycles by Solti and Bernstein, with recordings by Walter, Klemperer, Haitink, Abbado, Rattle, Tilson Thomas, and others. The Tennstedt cycle may be the best introduction to Mahler if not the best 'all time'. This is because of his relatively direct, honest, and natural approach to music that so often invites unique personal interpretations. Encountering Bernstein, Solti, Rattle, and others after hearing Tennstedt first may be the wisest (musically) way to go.
overall sound quality, budget price, a fine conductor considered to be a first rate Mahler interpreter, and a quality orchestra.
I love this box set and I cannot get enough of it. Im supremely happy that this is my first box set of Mahler symphonies. My next stops are the Solti and Bernstein, but when they are so much more expensive im counting my blessings i have this one.
Sure there are some occasional orchestral blunders, but they are hardly noticable when you judge the package as a whole. You wont find better interpretations out there for Symphonies Nos. 1,3,6,7,and 8. The impact of the 1,3,and 6 are umparalleled.
Its hard to think of a version of the 8th any better than Solti's famed 1971? But there is a lot to be said of this one as well. I particularly like the overall slower tempo that Tennstedt takes in the 8th because it adds to a magnificant build it up in the middle of the Part I. There is an overall more bass like quality to the entire piece which enhances its religious and dramatic effect I feel.
Great box set, you wont be disappointed.
Most recent customer reviews
Many music lovers will by now have their own cherished CD versions of Mahler symphonies. Because the CDs won't wear out, and because Mahler tends to inspire fixed loyalties,... Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by John Austin
The first Mahler symphony, conducted by Tennstedt, that I ever heard was the much-maligned Seventh. Listening to it, I couldn't imagine how anybody couldn't enjoy that symphony. Read morePublished on June 30 2002 by Chefdevergue
Fans of Bernstein's Mahler may wonder at the title I put on this review; when there are two complete Lenny cycles available, how could anyone else come close? Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Paul Bubny
Klaus Tennstedt, who died in 1998, was an artist whose unpredictability and profound insecurity sometimes overshadowed his phenomenal gifts. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2000 by Augustus Caesar, Ph.D.
If like me, the arrival of this set appeared when your collection of Mahler symphonies was already bursting, then do not be put off! The box is small neat and extremely good value. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2000 by Andrew Iwasyszyn
The recordings are obviously not the greatest on the market - Tennstedt certainly can't match Karajan's version of the 5th. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 1999 by Nicholas Clifford (firstname.lastname@example.org)