- Audio CD (May 13 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon - Universal Special Imports
- ASIN: B000001GX9
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
|1. Symphonie No. 1: Symphonie No. 1: 1. Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut - Im Anfang sehr gemachlich|
|2. Symphonie No. 1: Symphonie No. 1: 2. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio. Recht gemachlich|
|3. Symphonie No. 1: Symphonie No. 1: 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen|
|4. Symphonie No. 1: Symphonie No. 1: 4. Sturmisch bewegt|
|5. Songs of a Wayfarer: Songs of a Wayfarer : 1. Wenn mein Schartz Hochzeit macht|
|6. Songs of a Wayfarer: Songs of a Wayfarer : 2. Ging heut morgen uber Feld|
|7. Songs of a Wayfarer: Songs of a Wayfarer : 3. Ich hab'ein gluhend Messer|
|8. Songs of a Wayfarer: Songs of a Wayfarer : 4. Die zwei blauden Augen|
this mahler first is easily the most poetic reading you will find.
if there is a hell then i hope old claudia is tortured throughout eternity by being forced to listen to the beauty of kubeliks mahler, or even some xenakis.
by the way, the city of chicago still has a monument to the devil, cassidy.
perhaps someday it will be torn down
the Finale is incredible...the energy and vitality as well as the rustic quality to the Bavarian woodwinds really make this Mahler to live for! Compare this with any Bernstein Mahler and you will go straight back to Kubelik!
Kubelik understand the pacing of this music WHERE others fear to tread...go ahead..try to find a performance on record of Karajan or Szell of this piece....
bet you can't...Why is this?
Simply put the above conductors never understood this early work of Mahler...it is structurally very tricky to bring off and to boot the Finale is technically hard to interpret with the Baton!!! In fact, another element of this work that Kubelik understands is that the work is somewhat rough..the winds here are allowed to predominate and also play out!!!
Many conductors like Szell and Karajan were too obscessed with Blend!!! IN Mahler this is death....the electricity of this recording is unreal..in fact I believe the Mahler cycle of Kubelik's is one the best...
he is consistently more interesting and allows the dynamics to emerge without becoming vulgar....just remember how bad Mehta was and you will know what I mean.
The playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, who sound very much like a Czech orchestra here (Kubelik was, of course, a Czech, and you can argue that Mahler's background was as much Moravian as it was Austrian), is not blemish-free. This is especially evident through headphones. DG's sonics, while clear, can be thin and abrasive; as a result, some climaxes don't have the oomph that they really need (and for this, I blame the recording more than the conducting). If you can listen past these shortcomings, which in my opinion are not deal-breakers, you'll hear a Mahler First which is pretty close to ideal.
As for the coupling, Fish-Disk's circa-1970 "Songs of a Wayfarer" accompanied by Kubelik & Co., I would say it's a valuable adjunct to the symphony. However, either of the great baritone's other commercially available recordings (the 1950s set with Furtwangler, and a live performance in the New York Philharmonic "Mahler broadcasts" boxed set) find him on better behavior, less inclined to over-emote.