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Compared with the Decca CD, HDTT's transfer is cleaner, clearer, more dynamic and has stronger impact. Both the performance and the sound are even better than Solti's later Chicago digital recording. Highly recommended.
Solti's first recording of Mahler's 1st with the LSO has been a favorite for decades, there's a level of focus and concentration that he didn't quite manage in his second performance with Chicago. The sound that the Decca engineers captured was good to begin with, and here sounds more vivid and impactful than the redbook CD. This should be in everyone's Mahler collection.
Title: Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major
Artist(s): Georg Solti & The London Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 2 track 15ips tape
Recorded by Decca February 1964 at Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: John Culshaw Engineer: James Lock
1 Langsam, Schleppend, Wie Ein Naturlaut 15:40
2 Kräftig Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell 7:01
3 Feierlich Und Gemessen, Ohne Zu Schleppen 11:00
4 Stürmisch Bewegt 20:20
Total Time: 54:01