Post by Alex Brown Post by dk
Suggestions and recommendations much appreciated!
MELMOTH, which performances and recordings sound
best in your audiophile castle on the Seine?
Karajan does it for me (the Sony video is a rare official "live"
recording, in better sound than the infamous DGG early digital effort).
The bourgeois grandiosity of the piece suited him I think.
But if allergic to Karajan, and at the other end of the prestige scale,
Antoni Wit with the Staatskapelle Weimar on Naxos "get it". (In a
similar vein, Dave Hurwitz's recommendation, Kazimierz Kord with the
Warsaw PO on the Accord label, is exciting and direct).
Sonically, the best recording I've heard is Jansons/Bavarian RSO on BR
Klassik. But as an interpretation it's kind of sleepy.
Kempe/Dresden I find admirable more than exciting.
I would suggest Frank Shipway with the Sao Paulo Sym. O. if you want a
performance in excellent surround sound with the players on the edge of
their seats. It was recorded in 2012 a couple of years before his death.
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Incidentally the "What is the BEST recording of Beethoven's 7th" thread
reminded me of an impressive Mahler 5th played by the RPO and conducted by
Using an ARMX6