Kubelik's credentials as a great Mahler conductor is a long established fact in Europe, and this newly issued seventh only adds to the burnish of his reputation. This recording stands with ease at the top of my pick for the seventh; Abravanel on Vanguard, Bernstein on Sony, Gielen on Intercord (and now Haenssler), Horenstein on BBC, and Zender on CPO are also fine examples.
Kubelik was the second conductor after Bernstein (another great Mahlerian) to record the Mahler cycle (on DGG), was however the first to record the canon with one orchestra, the Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO) featured here.
While both Kubelik's live M7 on Audite and the studio M7 on DGG are both well thought-out, flowing interpretations of Mahler's 'craziest' symphony, the former, i.e. this recording, contains the brighter spark of spontaneity that so often speaks for live recordings, despite the obvious drawback in recording sound and technical imperfection. The sound of this recording is very good, not unexpected as the recording took place in the Herkulessaal at the old Residenz in Munich, and the playing of BRSO is excellent.
Proponents of Bernstein's more extrovert style in Mahler, who think Kubelik's DGG set too tame for them, seriously consider listening to this M7 and other Kubelik's live Mahlers on Audite. It is an Mahlerian experience not to be missed. The other Audite discs I strongly recommend are Kubelik's M1 and M3, which are IMO simply magnificent.
Kudos to Audite for bringing back Kubelik's live Mahlers to this appreciative Mahlerian!