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Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Gergiev

Posts: 10

Post by Luukas August 21, 2014 (1 of 10)
This is absolutely the best recording of Mahler's First Symphony! LSO plays magically, and recording is perfect! Do you agree?

Post by Kal Rubinson August 21, 2014 (2 of 10)
Luukas said:

This is absolutely the best recording of Mahler's First Symphony! LSO plays magically, and recording is perfect! Do you agree?

No.

Post by samayoeruorandajin August 21, 2014 (3 of 10)
I don't deal in absolutes.

Post by Acastos August 21, 2014 (4 of 10)
Nobody can agree with - or even originate - such a claim who has not listened to ALL the recordings. Inane post.

Post by pgmdir August 21, 2014 (5 of 10)
Acastos said:

Nobody can agree with - or even originate - such a claim who has not listened to ALL the recordings. Inane post.

It is obvious that he is really saying that it is the best he's heard. Is it necessary to require that all meet some strict rhetoric requirements?? You are assuming that he hasn't listened to all, why not use that assumption to take the post in the spirit offered-- otherwise you are presuming that we are all without brains.

Post by Lunna August 21, 2014 (6 of 10)
I am amazed at the snobbism of some of the posters here.

Post by Windsurfer August 21, 2014 (7 of 10)
Lunna said:

I am amazed at the snobbism of some of the posters here.

What's really amusing is that this "snobbism" is quite innocent. They (I ?) don't know when I am doing it. Though the post above doesn't identify one of my posts, I am quite famous in my family for being "overly precise".

Post by Kal Rubinson August 21, 2014 (8 of 10)
Windsurfer said:

What's really amusing is that this "snobbism" is quite innocent.

Yup. He posed a question and I answered it honestly.

Post by Ubertrout August 21, 2014 (9 of 10)
Lunna said:

I am amazed at the snobbism of some of the posters here.

I don't know...saying that it's your first time hearing the piece and you were blown away by the recording is one thing. Saying that it's the best recording ever in a ridiculously crowded field, without any point of comparison, seems to beg a negative response.

Post by Chris from Lafayette August 21, 2014 (10 of 10)
Luukas said:

This is absolutely the best recording of Mahler's First Symphony! LSO plays magically, and recording is perfect! Do you agree?

Love your enthusiasm! I have had over 80 recordings of Mahler's Fifth Symphony (I know you're talking about the First Symphony, but the point still applies) in my library at one time or another. (And I'm sure there are others who have had even more!) But, speaking for myself, the more recordings I hear of a given work, the more certain I become that it's unwise to claim that any given recording is "the best". With the big standard repertoire works, there just ain't no such thing!

BTW, my wife and I saw Gergiev conduct the Fifth with the LSO when we were in London four years ago, and the performance we attended is one of the two they used for the LSO Live SACD of this work. And IMHO, that recording is certainly ONE of "the best"! ;-)

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