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Mahler: Symphony No.3

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it's cracked up to be Aug. 16 2006
By David Claris - Published on Amazon.com
I have Berlin 3rd in mono Arkadia edition. A friend bought me the Testament STEREO reissue and the BBC edition because not sure which I wanted, and gave me both!

Upon comparison, frankly I prefer the Manchesters' playing of the piece, warts and all; of this Testament issue with the Berlin Philharmonic made about the same time ... for all its "sostenuto misterioso" by comparison is rather disappointingly lugubrious and bloated (especially the tubby sonics and tape dropouts right from the start), a bit too smoothly intoned by Karajan's orchestra and with recorded sound that is barely stereo, exceedingly fat sound lacking in detail because muffled from too much filtering. Snore...

Get the BBC recording. It's plenty "spiritual" with scintillatingly spacious recorded sound and an so-called provincial orchestra that nevertheless had 15 years of Mahler playing under its belt, and plays with considerable authority as a result of Barbirolli's rigorous and loving drilling in the proper Mahler style; those Brits could have given the Germans a lesson in how-to having themselves, by contrast, 0 years of Mahler experience prior to Sir John's introducing them to their own music; the BPO personnel even confessed frankly to disliking Mahler up until that epiphanic moment.
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy-Footed Mahler with a Pleasing Novelty Jan. 7 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
My own favorite recording of the Mahler Third Symphony is the vintage rendition by the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein on Sony, and sometimes I enjoy the visceral sonic impact of Bernard Haitink's more recent performance with the Chicago Symphony. This live outing by the Berlin Philharmonic under John Barbirolli sadly fails to compete with either. I do very much like Barbirolli's conducting in general when it comes to Mahler (as well as Sibelius and Elgar and Vaughan Williams), but here things just don't work. The sound in this live 1964 recording shows its very evident shortcomings, and the performance itself just drags its feet. Granted, the work is a massive one, but under Bernstein's direction in that Sony recording it remains agile and flexible. In this instance, on the other hand, it becomes the sonic equivalent of a couch potato. Nonetheless I still keep this set for about eleven minutes of minor delight in the form of Barbirolli's own Elizabethan Suite, arrangements of five period tunes by the likes of Bull, Farnaby and Byrd. The recording of this one piece is mono, but I still enjoy it in a small way. Still, I suppose it's doubtful that for you it will be a sufficient draw to spring for this album. There are far better Mahler Thirds out there.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIR JOHN DOES IT LIVE !!!!! Sept. 14 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
THIS IS JUST OUT TODAY. I KNOW THIS PERFORMANCE FROM AN UNOFFICIAL RELEASE. THIS IS THE REAL THING !!! WELL, THE SOUND QUALITY (STEREO FOR THE MAHLER) IS DECENT ALTHOUGH I HOPED FOR A LITTLE BETTER. I'M NOT COMPLAINING THOUGH. I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS PERFORMANCE AGAIN. A VERY SPECIAL MAHLER 3 HERE. THE BERLIN PHIL, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS IMMACULATE (KARAJAN MUST HAVE BEEN SHOCKED!), RESPONDS TO SIR JOHN IN THE SAME SPECIAL WAY AS ON THE STUDIO MAHLER 9 (GET THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT!!!!). A TRULY NOBLE PERFORMANCE, PROBABLY THE MOST NOBLE MAHLER 3RD THIS LISTENER HAS HAD THE PRIVILEDGE TO HEAR. THE 2 CD SET IS COMPLETED BY A MAGNIFICENT RECORDING (MONO THOUGH) OF SIR JOHN'S ELIZABETHAN SUITE. DELIGHTFUL LITTLE ENCORE. ALTOGETHER A WINNING RELEASE. RELEASED BY TESTAMENT WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE BARBIROLLI SOCIETY (BLESS THEIR HEARTS!) THANKS FOR READING MY REVIEW !!!!
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