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Symphony No. 9

Kubelik; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks , Mahler Gustav Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Kubelik's mediocre DG account! Feb. 1 2002
I own more than a *few* M9s. My first was the historic 1939 Walter, but the mono sound was SO bad, I only listened to it occasionally. When I got the Bernstein NYPO, everything shot off like a rocket from there. (It was the STEREO sound and the much longer finale that did it.) Thus, now I have 12 recordings of the M9.
Anyway, let me point out that the Audite performance presented here is NOT the same performance of Kubelik's that you'll find on DG (which I own on single disc under the Resonance label); instead, the Audite is supremely better! What was wrong with the DG performance? Basically, the sound was crass and the playing less than exquisite. Oh, and I felt that the finale was much too swift. None of those problems are present in Kubelik's Audite account.
The Audite is a live 1967 concert performance from Tokyo, Japan. Unlike the DG account, the Audite CD boasts fabulous playing and total committment throughout, full of fire and passion. Most importantly, this version seems to find a perfect balance between simply playing what the composer wrote and satisfying the need for the conductor to express himself through interpretation of the music. The only thing I might warn some of you about is that this is, afterall, a single disc ninth, so the movements might be a little too swift for some of you at parts. But that's only a minor admonition. If you own the Bernstein/NYPO, Haitink, or Barbirolli single disc accounts, you will no doubt love this recording.
Thus, for those reasons above, I strongly recommend this disc to you. Kubelik's Audite M9 is most definitely in my top five to ten single disc recordings of the ninth.
Go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible....!!! April 3 2004
By A Customer
Very fine conducting from Kubelik here in the D minor Ninth..the amazing thing here is the the Pathos!!! The opening is truly sad as we hear the time running out for dear old Gustav...this is not the kind of music we should listen to in the bed before the sleeping hours...there is a haunting almost depraved sadness in this interpreatation...not for the weak of heart!!
I can only compare this to Karajan who is also very fine in this music...the Bavarian woodwinds have always been a plus..the tanginess of the the sound mixed with the sonority of the Bavarian Rundfunks Orckester Brass will always be special to me...there is an element of the macabre in this interpretation that is always an appeal to me here..
Kubelik is a conductor I have also worked under...to me this is a very special recording!! Greatness!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Mahler 9ths April 19 2002
I basically second the judgment of the previous reviewer; however I would note that the album cover indicates that the performance is from 1975, not 1967.
Kubelik does a wonderful job of balancing the aching lyrical beauty against the dark dramatic fatalism of the music. He uses rubato in a very masterful, telling way to highlight key phrases, climaxes and transitions. The recording is very clear sounding, and Kubelik further enhances the clarity of the work's considerable contrapuntal detail by employing divided violins.
It is a performance that, while it avoids extremes, lacks nothing in its commitment and intensity. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Mahler 9ths April 19 2002
By R. J. Claster - Published on Amazon.com
I basically second the judgment of the previous reviewer; however I would note that the album cover indicates that the performance is from 1975, not 1967.
Kubelik does a wonderful job of balancing the aching lyrical beauty against the dark dramatic fatalism of the music. He uses rubato in a very masterful, telling way to highlight key phrases, climaxes and transitions. The recording is very clear sounding, and Kubelik further enhances the clarity of the work's considerable contrapuntal detail by employing divided violins.
It is a performance that, while it avoids extremes, lacks nothing in its commitment and intensity. Buy it!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible....!!! April 3 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Very fine conducting from Kubelik here in the D minor Ninth..the amazing thing here is the the Pathos!!! The opening is truly sad as we hear the time running out for dear old Gustav...this is not the kind of music we should listen to in the bed before the sleeping hours...there is a haunting almost depraved sadness in this interpreatation...not for the weak of heart!!
I can only compare this to Karajan who is also very fine in this music...the Bavarian woodwinds have always been a plus..the tanginess of the the sound mixed with the sonority of the Bavarian Rundfunks Orckester Brass will always be special to me...there is an element of the macabre in this interpretation that is always an appeal to me here..
Kubelik is a conductor I have also worked under...to me this is a very special recording!! Greatness!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent & Incandescent Performance!! March 5 2007
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
This Tokyo Live recording of 9th is one of the best from Audite Mahler / Kubelik live series. As usual, Kubelik's commitment and devotion to the music is eveident, nothing is left to chances nor under-stated.

1st movement is sumptuous and builds up gradually to incandescent climax. Middle movement is exceptionally energetic and boisterous. Last movement is fast, but that does not detract from gravity and poignancy of the music, in fact the most eloquent last movement I've listened to among all 1disc recordings of the work.

Acoustics is very good and spacious with much emphasis on bass. A must-buy for anyone who admires Kubelik, or anyone who seeks great recording of 9th played in brisk tempi yet with dignity and profundity.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Kubelik's mediocre DG account! Feb. 1 2002
By "hypotheses" - Published on Amazon.com
I own more than a *few* M9s. My first was the historic 1939 Walter, but the mono sound was SO bad, I only listened to it occasionally. When I got the Bernstein NYPO, everything shot off like a rocket from there. (It was the STEREO sound and the much longer finale that did it.) Thus, now I have 12 recordings of the M9.
Anyway, let me point out that the Audite performance presented here is NOT the same performance of Kubelik's that you'll find on DG (which I own on single disc under the Resonance label); instead, the Audite is supremely better! What was wrong with the DG performance? Basically, the sound was crass and the playing less than exquisite. Oh, and I felt that the finale was much too swift. None of those problems are present in Kubelik's Audite account.
The Audite is a live 1967 concert performance from Tokyo, Japan. Unlike the DG account, the Audite CD boasts fabulous playing and total committment throughout, full of fire and passion. Most importantly, this version seems to find a perfect balance between simply playing what the composer wrote and satisfying the need for the conductor to express himself through interpretation of the music. The only thing I might warn some of you about is that this is, afterall, a single disc ninth, so the movements might be a little too swift for some of you at parts. But that's only a minor admonition. If you own the Bernstein/NYPO, Haitink, or Barbirolli single disc accounts, you will no doubt love this recording.
Thus, for those reasons above, I strongly recommend this disc to you. Kubelik's Audite M9 is most definitely in my top five to ten single disc recordings of the ninth.
Go for it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Good One's and Better than the Kubelik's DG effort. Sept. 26 2014
By Man About London Town - Published on Amazon.com
I second all the glowing reviews already posted.
There is much to admire in this performance, much humanity. This is a live recording from 1975. That means two things: the orchestral playing is not perfect, but the timbre of the instruments of the orchestra is caught more accurately; Indeed, the sound, as a result of Audite's usual excellent efforts, is overall excellent and far superior to K's DG issue..
A quick comparison with Kubelik's earlier performance on DG shows this one is superior to Kubelik's earlier DG recording in performance as well as sound.. This is not the one to have if you are having only one. Some of the angst and death throws are missing here. What you get instead is a beautiful resignation to life's end. Reviewer Scriabinmahler summeed it up nicely: 'eloquent' and, in my opinion because of the sound, 'incandescent'.
Deserves to be in every substantial Mahler collection and a bargain at the current price.
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