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Frankly I just love the M5. I also really like how the M9 is paced. Everything else is very fine but doesn’t interest me.
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It's no big secret that I'm generally not a fan of most historical recordings. I do suspect something of an 'emperor's new clothes' phenomenon here. These same recordings have been out numerous times on various small labels. Therefore, it wouldn't surprise me if they did add, a "phony ambiance". These were good performances for their time, but I think they're dated. Just one person's opinion. I listened to some of this set at Spotify and there's nothing here that makes me want to buy it.
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These recordings are in mono but I get the illusion that they were recorded in stereo.

I think the WDR/SWR engineers have fooled around with the pure mono signal on these tapes, adding a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) phony ambience to the CDs in the manner of Andrew Rose and his Ambient Stereo effect at Pristine Audio. I may have to dig out my old Tektronix oscilloscope to prove it, but this is what my ears tell me. In some spots it's strong enough to affect the clarity of the signal.

I didn't notice this effect on their earlier Rosbaud Bruckner box, but now I'll have to go back and listen more carefully.
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What's so amazing about the remastered sound is that there is very little sign of dynamic compression, distortion, and saturation. These recordings are in mono but I get the illusion that they were recorded in stereo.

John
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I too like Fischer's M9th (more than his younger brother's), but as in his M3rd (and may be in others as well?) there are couple of blemishes in the playing that should have been corrected for the commercial release.

John
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Rosbaud's Mahler box set is the best recording I acquired this year so far.

John
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They retain a little of that sound, but it’s been dialed back; for sure.
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I got this box for a very good price at E-Bay. It has two "Resurrection" symphonies: one from 1989, and one from 1981. I was at one of the 1981 performances at London's Royal Festival Hall. Needless to say, it'll be fun to revisit that. This has the 1983 M6, which boasts the most overtly expressionistic, frightening scherzo ever! For this type of performance, I like this one much more than Bernstein/V.P.O. (which ain't bad, by any means). Tennstedt doesn't drag the finale either - he gets it in under 31 minutes. This is just a juggernaut of an M6.

https://www.lpo.org.uk/recordings-and-gifts/4525-box-set-mahler-symphonies-live-in-concert.html
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I’ve been listening to the Neumann/Czech cycle on Supraphon for the first time and the playing is so unique. The orchestral textures are so melodic. Reminds me of Kubelík.
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