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Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Fischer

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Post by xavster April 27, 2010 (61 of 66)
rosenkavalier817 said:

This probably isn't the best place for this post, but I've been enjoying this recording a lot lately and noticed that I actually have a bit of distortion from my system in the last movement with the big snare drum crescendo, around 10:00 minutes in, I believe. The distortion sounds like static and only appears during the apex of the first crescendo figure from both front channels. This is the first/only recording I've noticed this on. Any tips on how I can narrow the source of this? Thanks.

I have exactly the same - distortion in exactly that place. I guess it's on the disc. Doesn't detract from what I think is an excellent recording and fabulous performance.
That said, a friend of mine who is a professional trumpeter doesn't like this disc! He complains that there are intonation issues in the woodwind and brass. It sounds fine to me though!

Post by Ernani71 December 22, 2010 (62 of 66)
Mind blowingly good sound on this Mahler No. 2, despite the one or two faults noted above by others. I find that Fischer is far better here than on No. 6. For the latter, I continue to prefer Haitink on CSO Resound:

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Haitink

In fact, I didn't like the Ivan Fischer Mahler 6 at all.

I'm a bit of a Nott-head where Mahler's concerned, so I can't help saying

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Nott

gives Fischer some stiff competition performancewise imo. Nott's approach to Mahler is more "stream of consciousness." Fischer is more straightforward prose, but still very good here and with 4.

Post by seth December 11, 2012 (63 of 66)
Anyone else experience an audio dropout at 16:04 in the last movement with the multi-channel layer?

EDIT: did some google searching, and other people have this problem. Apparently it's an issue with outputting DSD over HDMI with the receiver purposely cutting the sound to protect itself.

Post by Windsurfer December 12, 2012 (64 of 66)
Ernani71 said:

Mind blowingly good sound on this Mahler No. 2, despite the one or two faults noted above by others. I find that Fischer is far better here than on No. 6. For the latter, I continue to prefer Haitink on CSO Resound:

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Haitink

In fact, I didn't like the Ivan Fischer Mahler 6 at all.

I'm a bit of a Nott-head where Mahler's concerned, so I can't help saying

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Nott

gives Fischer some stiff competition performancewise imo. Nott's approach to Mahler is more "stream of consciousness." Fischer is more straightforward prose, but still very good here and with 4.

Nott is excellent and I am glad to have both his and Fischer's accounts.

Post by sacd_fan_2007 February 13, 2013 (65 of 66)
I'm sorry I took so long to get this disc. While the DG Bernstein/NY Phil recording on rbcd will stay in my collection, this Fischer/Budapest disc is a nice change of pace in the following respects:

* No spotlighting of instruments, i.e. more like what you'd hear at a concert;
* I recognize multiple approaches to Mahler, and this is great playing with less embellishment and trumped up drama;
* The concert hall ambiance, the percussion, and the strings were captured wonderfully.

To be picky, the section leaders of the Budapest ensemble were not as strong as the NY Phil in the famous Bernstein recording. Some of this is due to the lack of spotlighting. However, I can point to entrances where the trumpets, trombones, and french horns are not among the world's best in this recording. If the NY Phil recording was a patchwork of live performances, it is possible that the brass sections weren't at their best on certain nights but had at least one great take.

Post by Luukas April 25, 2015 (66 of 66)
I listened this two minutes ago and I was very impressed. You cannot miss this recording this must be in your collection! My other recommendation is Klaus Tennstedt's live recording with London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO-0044). In the finale he [Tennstedt] used much slower tempo - at the last minutes - which gave the better atmosphere. Fifth movement's total times are different:
34 min (Fischer), 36 min (Tennstedt)
This is almost the best "Resurrection" on the disc. Tennstedt is the best. Any comments?

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