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"Original Instruments" in spectacular sound
No musician was personally or professionally closer to Mahler than the then up and coming Bruno Walter, who posthumously premiered both the 9th Symphony and Das Lied. The First dates from before Mahler and Walter had met, but the sense that we are hearing straight into the composer's soul is not missing for a moment of this performance. And the sound, always impressive, is now jaw droppingly visceral, even with Columbia's habitual multi-miking, which often disappoints but here works magic. The result is that this recoding, though it surely is an orchestral showpiece and a sonic spectacular, is so much more. Phenomenal.
Mahler Symphony No. One - Bruno Walter Columbia SO
On a recent (December 2020) edition of BBC Radio 3's Record Review programme, the subject of the Building a Library feature was Mahler's first symphony. This recording by his friend and champion Bruno Walter was the recommendation. After having listened to it several times I began to appreciate why it was chosen, it really is something special.
Extraordinary recording great Bruno Walter
Bruno Walter was Mahler’s closest disciple. His Lied der Erde and his two versions of the First and Ninth Symphonies remain absolute references. Jean-Pierre Pister France
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Bruno Walter
Juste the best record of these symphony and sound is so clear & powerfull
Excellent sound and artistic interpretation by CSO conducted by the greatest Mahlerian heir. I'm really pleased with this new addition to my music library..