Long period of inactivity on Discophage.com, due to external circumstances, not lost interest for music and records. And now, I’m back, and for long I hope. Circumstances led me to need to consult some of my old reviews of Mahler’s 9th Symphony posted on Amazon ten years ago – can it be that long ago !? Seems like yesterday… – , so it prompted me to transfer them over here… and, in the process, to resume what I had interrupted back in 2011 (there was a “stray” review in 2014 as well): listening to and reviewing recordings of Mahler’s 9th.
So, here they are: the reposts:
Bruno Walter with the Vienna Philharmonic, 1938 on EMI (link will open new tab to the review)
Hermann Scherchen live with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, 19 June 1950 on Orfeo
Jascha Horenstein with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, June 1952, Vox
Leopold Ludwig with the London Symphony Orchestra, November 1959, on Everest, first version in stereo
Bruno Walter 1961 with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, CBS-Sony
John Barbirolli with the Berlin Philharmonic, January 1964, EMI
Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, May 1964, Melodiya
Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, December 1965, CBS-Sony
Karel Ancerl, Czech Philharmonic, April 1966, Supraphon
Otto Klemperer, New Philharmonia, February 1967, EMI (in fact I had already reposted that one some while ago, when I sold the copy I had of another edition than the one I am keeping in my collection)
Georg Solti, London Symphony Orchestra, April-May 1967, Decca
Maurice Abravanel, Utah Symphony Orchestra, April 1969, Vanguard
Carlo Maria Giulini, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, April 1976, DG
And, a new review (first in a long series I hope) ! Rafael Kubelik with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, February-March 1967, DG
Tranfering reviews from Amazon to Discophage.com involves much more than just copy and paste. One thing I can do on my website is to conflate the reviews of all the successive CD-editions of a recording, where on Amazon I had to post a review under each. But then I have to do a lot of online research to find suitable cover photos online of editions I don’t have and all the associated product information, e.g. label number and barcode. For those Mahler reposts I’ve also done a lot of research on Japanese editions. I also have to update all the weblinks contained in the review, or replace them with barcode of the referenced CD (I try to avoid giving links to Amazon here, or any commercial website)…. and I’ve listened again to those recordings, in part or total… and occasionally slightly amended the reviews…
All this takes time (I started those reposts on April 1) but it makes (I hope) each of the reviews posted or reposted on Discophage.com an entry to an ever-growing CD-encyclopedia; in fact, I’m not aware of any other website that provides not just detailed review, but complete info on the CD-editions. But, okay, I’m starting with ten, I need to go to 10,000…
In fact it’s the plan. For Mahler’s 9th, I’ve pretty well covered the studio versions up to the 1960s (reviews of Neumann with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig in 1967, and Haitink with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1969, are pending, as well as Paul Kletzki’s cut version with the Israel Philharmonic from 1954, originally on EMI), but I still have a number of live versions to review (they’re on my shelves: Rosbaud, Mitropoulos with New York and Vienna, Barbirolli with New York, Horenstein with the LSO, Szell in 1969, Bruno Maderna and Boulez with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the early 1970s, another one by Maderna with the Radio Orchestra of Turin in 1972). And that, save one or two, covers all the versions listed up until then by the great Mahler discographer Peter Fülöp. And then I can “do” the 1970s and early 1980s, studio and live, and complete the pre-digital era. Then digital, from then to today. The great thing with masterpieces of the magnitude of the 9th Symphony, is that one never grows tired of listening.
I’ve also reposted here my reviews of the two successive editions, 1995 and 2010, of Fülöp’s magisterial Mahler Discography, not only because I referenced it is some of the reviews, but also because it is an indispensable purchase for the serious Mahlerite. I’ve updated the reviews with recent exchanges of correspondences with Fülöp.
P.S. Oh, and – yeah. Speaking (in passing) of Amazon: one more reason to hate them, read this.