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Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:52:06 PM »
Symphony No. 3 in D minor


This has become one of my absolute favorite symphonies from any composer. This symphony has it all IMHO: heavenly string-writing, luminous beauty, demonic twists/turns, passages of awe-inspiring counterpoint, virtuosic instrument passages, explosive outbursts, serene tone-painting...like I said, it has everything one could want in a symphony. My question is what would be your 'Top 3' favorite recordings of this symphony?

So far, for me (in no particular order):

Bernstein/NY Phil. (DG)
Abbado/Wiener (DG)
Chailly/Concertgebouw (Decca)
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2016, 02:58:46 AM »
Horenstein/LSO
Levine/Chicago

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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2016, 05:57:06 AM »

This has become one of my absolute favorite symphonies from any composer......My question is what would be your 'Top 3' favorite recordings of this symphony?

Levine/Chicago/RCA
Bernstein/NYPO II/DG
Martinon/CSO - live from '67 [archival set "CSO in 20th Century"] - best finale I've ever heard...really magical..
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2016, 07:27:17 AM »
Levine/Chicago/RCA
Bernstein/NYPO II/DG
Martinon/CSO - live from '67 [archival set "CSO in 20th Century"] - best finale I've ecer heard...really magical..

The Levine/CSO is a fantastic performance. Certainly in a league of its own.
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2016, 07:58:17 AM »
The first two have been long-time favorites.

Levine/Chicago
Horenstein/LSO
Boulez/Vienna


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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2016, 07:59:58 AM »
The Levine/CSO is a fantastic performance. Certainly in a league of its own.
Just the bassoon playing in the opening of the piece is worth the price alone.

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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2016, 08:23:08 AM »
Levine/Chicago
Horenstein/LSO
Boulez/Vienna

Boulez/Vienna...really? I must check out Boulez's Mahler cycle. Dad owns all of the individual releases and the box set. 8)
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2016, 08:28:59 AM »
Boulez/Vienna...really? I must check out Boulez's Mahler cycle. Dad owns all of the individual releases and the box set. 8)
Oh yes...I'm with Sarge on that one...Boulez is the man who really gets the oboe in O mensch to play hinaufziehend... If only for that, his recording must be known. But also, it is a very coherent traversal of the whole work, with an excellent orchestral response and very well-balanced tempi.

But Abbado / Vienna remains my go to version... ;)
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2016, 08:34:10 AM »
The old Haitink / Conc'bouw from about 1966 has lasted really well with me. I also like the Horenstein for putting a unified perspective on this sprawling symphony, although the sonics are a bit boxy. (I have the original LP issue)
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2016, 08:34:59 AM »
Haitink/CSO on CSOResound is by far my favorite (though I will say I am biased since I was at the concert when this was recorded). By the time you reach the end of the last movement, Haitink makes you realize what the journey was for and why it couldn't have progressed any other way. I have never heard such teleology manifested in music as in this performance.

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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2016, 08:35:13 AM »
Oh yes...I'm with Sarge on that one...Boulez is the man who really gets the oboe in O mensch to play hinaufziehend... If only for that, his recording must be known. But also, it is a very coherent traversal of the whole work, with an excellent orchestral response and very well-balanced tempi.

But Abbado / Vienna remains my go to version... ;)

Thanks again, Rafael. I'm definitely going to be checking out Boulez's Mahler rather soon.
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2016, 08:36:42 AM »
Boulez/Vienna...really?

Really. Fantastic orchestral detail. In fact I'm very impressed by his entire cycle (excepting 6 & 8...but I seem to be an outlier here with my lower opinion of 6).

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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2016, 08:38:08 AM »
Really. Fantastic orchestral detail. In fact I'm very impressed by his entire cycle (excepting 6 & 8...but I seem to be an outlier here with my lower opinion of 6).

Sarge

Okay, thanks Sarge. What's wrong with Boulez's 6th?
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2016, 08:40:41 AM »
Okay, thanks Sarge. What's wrong with Boulez's 6th?

I can't recall specifics now (I've only heard it once or twice, and quite some time ago) but it was just emotionally sterile to me. I need to give it another chance.

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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2016, 08:42:24 AM »
Okay, thanks Sarge. What's wrong with Boulez's 6th?
The only wrong thing I see in Boulez's Mahler 6th (the Vienna one, not the Lucerne) is that the effect of the cowbells in the andante is as if a huge herd of cattle had suddenly been let loose in the Konzertveriensaal    :D
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2016, 08:43:26 AM »
I can't recall specifics now (I've only heard it once or twice, and quite some time ago) but it was just emotionally sterile to me. I need to give it another chance.

Sarge

A small but telling detail: the hammer blows in the finale are perversely wimpy.
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2016, 08:49:02 AM »
The only wrong thing I see in Boulez's Mahler 6th (the Vienna one, not the Lucerne) is that the effect of the cowbells in the andante is as if a huge herd of cattle had suddenly been let loose in the Konzertveriensaal    :D

Hah! ;D


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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2016, 09:52:47 AM »
Okay, thanks Sarge. What's wrong with Boulez's 6th?

I think his Sixth is a pretty great recording, but then again, Boulez's critics have always seemed way off in their take to me.  I don't hear the mechanical sterile Boulez; his Mahler sounds vital and flexible to me.

I would second the recommendation of his Third, and I'll throw in Haitink's more recent one and Tennstedt as well.

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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2016, 10:03:13 AM »
I think his Sixth is a pretty great recording, but then again, Boulez's critics have always seemed way off in their take to me.  I don't hear the mechanical sterile Boulez; his Mahler sounds vital and flexible to me.

I would second the recommendation of his Third, and I'll throw in Haitink's more recent one and Tennstedt as well.

Cheers, Mahlerian. I'll definitely give Pierre a listen soon-ish.
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Re: Recordings of Mahler's 3rd
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2016, 10:26:16 AM »
My favorite (as usual) is Bernstein's CBS recording, followed closely by Abbado's Vienna recording (Jesse Norman is particularly fine). But I have recently become aware of Boulez' 3rd, and it is clearly a favorite now, too. I can hear things I've never heard before, and like very much now that I can hear them.

I like practically every other version I have heard. It's indestructible. The only versions I haven't liked were on LP, Solti and Horenstein, and I know I hated the surface noise on the Solti. I don't remember the Horenstein particularly.

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