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Re: Bruno Walter's 1938 Vienna recording of Mahler's 9th Symphony
The Naxos Historical issue of this recording provides further insights where Mark Obert Thorn observes that: "Although the recording has always been claimed to have been taken down during a single performance, the fact that the first side of the Rondo and the last side of the Adagio show '1' as the take number (where the rest of the sides are 'Take 2') implies that they came from an earlier concert." I suggest that MOT's reference to "concert" is more likely "rehearsal", since for a recording such as this in 78rpm days, the engineers and producers would have had to very carefully plan (and indeed rehearse under real-time conditions) the exact apportionment of the symphony's score to each side of every disc to be cut. Further, MOTís listing of the matrices used suggests that two complete recordings of the symphony may have existed, as Take 1 (probably the final rehearsal) and Take 2 (the live performance). On the question of dates, itís not inconceivable that all this could have happened on the same day!
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