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Re: Mahler 9th. Symphony - LSO/Solti
Thanks to both PGC and Paul Serotsky for their comments regarding Solti's Mahler with the LSO. If I may add my two-pennyworth, denigrating Solti's Mahler as brash and unfeeling has become increasingly prevalent of late, but when I decided to test my own responses by returning to some of his classic LSO recordings from the 60' I was really impressed. Of course the 1971 blockbuster 8th with the CSO has long been praised and takes its rightful place in the Decca "Legends" series but the bargain double package of Symphonies 1 and 2 with the LSO is now also among my favourites, even if later recordings of other symphonies such as the Fifth and the Seventh with the CSO remain preferable. Others single out his LSO Third and Ninth for high praise. Solti's characteristically theatrical intensity is often apparent in those LSO recordings, but so too is his propensity for suddenly speeding up or setting tempos which are too fast to begin with and some find a lack of mystery or emotional depth in his sharp, precise direction.
However, I think his contribution to the Mahler revival of the 60's needs recognition.
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