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  TOGE-12078 (2 discs)
  Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - Klemperer
  Mahler: Symphony No. 7

New Philarmonia
Otto Klemperer (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by mwgfrg March 13, 2012 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
There are a number of good choices for the Mahler 7th on SACD--Nott, Gergiev, Tilson Thomas, Zinman--but this is emphatically not one of them. Much as I love most of Klemperer's performances, from the great to the at least interesting, at times he could be just too much. Frequently he could make superb recordings of one work by a composer, but not of others: compare his great Schumann 4th with his variable recordings of the other Schumann symphonies. Klemperer left at least 4 Mahler 2nds, one studio and three live, all of which can well be considered superb, and 2 Mahler 9ths, the great studio recording and the live Vienna concert performance, which I love but some others consider too ponderous. The Das Lied Von Der Erde and 4th Symphony recordings are very much a matter of taste, but both also are wonderful performances. This one, however, simply collapses under its own weight. Certain moments are overwhelming, but most of it is just overmuch. I blew the dust off the excellent original EMI LPs, confirmed that the SACDs are almost as well transferred, and left both for my executors to take care of. You might want to pass this one up.

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Review by Lawrence Schulman March 13, 2012 (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
I have not yet purchased this SACD because of its exorbitant price, but hope to in the future. I just want to make a remark about Klemperer's interpretation, which was the one which first exposed me to this incredible work. Yes, Klemperer could be heavy, but I do not find that to be the case here. I find the opening movement a revelation. It starts much slower than other conductors, and continues that way. But the end of the first movement is deeply moving. His is a slow contemplation of the night, and the end of the first movement is a rich opening onto a dazzling world. To experience this recording is unique. It left a permanent mark on me, and I look forward to hearing it on SACD.

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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 7 in E minor