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Posted by Martin Walker on September 10, 2009, 1:11 pm
Back to the Bulletin Board, I see. I have a query about Patrick Waller's fascinating overview of recordings of Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt...": seeing that Tim Perry praises Klemperer's contribution to the proceedings in the GROC of Ludwig recordings - tending to slightly prefer it to the Barbirolli/Baker from the orchestral point of view - and that this Mahler recording is so easily and cheaply available on EMI Encore as well, it seems faintly perverse to mention only an unsatisfactory version with Böhm on DG, since Ludwig may well be Baker's chief rival in this song - apart from Maureen Forrester, also reviewed glowingly on this site as part of a big Fricsay box which I cannot afford: please, DG,release this separately! - While I am at it: why does the Review Index say "Janet Baker, unknown" under her version listed second, since this is clearly the earlier Barbirolli recording with the Hallé? Almost the same thing happens with Dietrich F-D with the version listed first, which is in fact the same as that listed second with Böhm. - Returning to Patrick's overview: is "rat race" really an appropriate way of rendering "Getümmel" in Rückert's poem? In my opinion the Shakespearean "hurly-burly" would be closer; we're not talking about post-war middle-class competitiveness here, I think.
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