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I will be grabbing this after hearing those excerpts. Sounds really nice. Excellent trumpet playing at the opening of the finale, too. They are also releasing a blu-ray of Korngolds 'Die Tote Stadt' which I will also find it's way in to my collection.
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Brief excepts now available at Presto Classical. I must say, they really do sound quite good!  https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8915803--mahler-symphony-no-7#tracklist
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Your motivations are valid, Barry, since I don't believe this set is geared towards "Mahlerians" like all of us. For us it's more about the potential individual purchases, which may be part of the reason they're releasing these ones individually; they know there are many diehard Mahler fans out there that are going to pick and choose.

Surprised they didn't do this with the Bruckner set.
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Not to sound too cynical, but they probably didn't know if this M9 with Petrenko would happen or not, and they needed to generate some sales and excitement in the mean-time. Also, people have been clamoring for a complete Haitink B.P.O. cycle - a sentiment for which I simply do not share. Many of those same people probably don't care that there will never be a Hatink/B.P.O. M8 - having this M9 makes their dream one step closer to being complete. 

I refuse to spend a dime on this until I can hear the Dudamel M3 and the Rattle M8 with Johan Botha.
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K. Petrenko is conducting Mahler 9 next week with the BPO. That's probably going to be good.

Perhaps they could've waited another 6 months before releasing this set?

I'm glad we still have this new Haitink recording, not that we needed a third (fourth?) M9 from Haitink.
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It's interesting that they chose performances with very normal tempos and durations, and then this Haitink M9 is one of the longest in the entire catalogue. A bit extreme if you ask me, so I don't think it's the best choice for this being a sort of 'introductory set' to Mahler newbies. It's a very moving Ninth, but certainly an outlier in this set with almost Maazel-ian tempos (Maazel's Philharmonia recording still holds the record for longest M9, I believe, clocking in at over 95 minutes). It's funny, Maazel's tempos are so extreme that you can compile a cycle where Maazel's record breaking M8 and M9 (97' and 95', respectively) are longer than an average recording of M3 by someone else.

Rattle did a fantastic Ninth with the BPO in Taiwan in 2011 (it's on the BPO's digital archive). Maybe they were actively avoiding too many conductor repeats for this BPO cycle, and Rattle's also the only person who's conducted 7 and 8 in the last 10 years. Options were probably limited.
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This is still a bit of a shoulder shrugging, "who cares!" for me. The B.P.O. already has a boat load of really good Mahler 9 recordings. The Rattle M7 is good (not great). The Petrenko M6 is good (not truly great). I don't particularly care about Harding's M1, nor Nezet-Seguin's M4 (unless he has a really good vocalist). I already own a DVD of a great M2 with Nelsons/Vienna Phil. at Salzburg. Therefore, I'm still hinging my decision of possibly purchasing the download of this set upon Dudamel's M3 and Rattle's M8 (which has John Botha!) - neither of which I can hear at this point.
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I can't get this brief video to play.
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Wow! I love that doleful sound of the tenor horn. I only listened on my phone speakers (at work now), but I couldn’t hear the bells well at the end. I’ll have to give it a real listen later.
That climax gives Stenz a run for his money though!
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