Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a crucial document in the recorded history of Mahler's music.
The first stereo recording of the Ninth was made in 1961. The conductor was the man who had given the first performance in 1912 a year after Mahler's death and who had also been responsible for that first "live" recording in Vienna in 1938: his friend and disciple Bruno Walter. In his Indian Summer in California, Walter recorded the Ninth with the orchestra of Californian players assembled by Columbia and this is the version most Mahlerians of my generation learned the work from. In its present remastered edition on Sony (SM2K 64452) it includes the wonderful rehearsal sequences that made up the third LP in the original three disc set and
which had disappeared in all subsequent LP re-issues. Narrated by producer John McClure, this is a crucial document in the recorded history of Mahler's music and should not be missed.
-- Tony Duggan, MusicWeb International
This set includes "A Working Portrait - Recording the Mahler Ninth Symphony" narrated by John McClure and "A Talking Portrait - Bruno Walter in Conversation with Arnold Michaelis."
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1908-1909; Austria
Venue: American Legion Hall, Hollywood, Calif.
Length: 81 Minutes 9 Secs.
Notes: American Legion Hall, Hollywood, Calif. (01/1961 - 02/1961)
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