rayzor17 wrote:I agree with Shap.
Give the even numbered symphonies more credit.
LVB's Pastoral symphony # 6 is fantastic. And the less popular symphony# 4 is one that I personally enjoy very much. The 1st movement is one of my favorites.
I agree with you on #4...I listen to it all the time. The opening movement always delights me in its pure exuberance. In fact I often listen to it while I am racing/riding my bike. I have the complete 9 symphonies in a boxed set. They are conducted by John Eliot Gardiner with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique...all on period instruments. This is an Archiv recording D207136. The tempo of music is very quick, which you will notice if you compare recording times with those of more traditional slower paced recordings.
As to the Mahler...yeah, I am with you on that one too. The Resurrection (#2) just says it all! The version I have is unusual. It is perfromed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gilbert Kaplan....who's he you say? Well, its an interesting story. Kaplan was a publisher by profession. The story goes that he was attending a dressed rehearsal of the Resurrection one time and was so incrededibly moved by the experience it turned into an obsession. He dedicatated himself to intensive research into the symphony's background, sources and history. He acquired Mahler's autograph score, published scholarly essays, restored Mahler's composing cottage, established the first Mahler museum, created a Foundation, lectured extensively and emerged as the world's foremost authority on the Resurrection. Then, at the age of 40, he learned to read music, took conducting lessons and toured the world to lead the Resurrection. In 1987, Kaplan produced a recording. Reportedly, it's become the best-selling Mahler record of all time. This is the recording I have. It's edgy and powerful. You can find it on MCA classics MCAD2 - 11011 MCD 20112. ENJOY!