Lambasting DG’s sinful act of allowing recompositions to surface aside, there still is no doubt that DG has a glorious musical tradition, with many of the greatest musical legends’ recordings in their catalog. Particularly associated with the Yellow Label is the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the world’s top orchestras and one that many of DG’s artists have recorded with. To celebrate this, DG will release a 50CD box set entitled “Wiener Philharmoniker: The Symphony Edition” in January, which includes a good number of Mahler and Bruckner’s symphonies, as well as the complete symphonies of Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann.
Conductors featured include Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber amongst others, and highlights include Abbado’s Mahler 2nd and 3rd, Bernstein’s complete Schumann and Kleiber’s Beethoven 5th and 7th. While this box set isn’t for us, we believe that it would be of interest to fans of the orchestra as well as anyone who lacks these classic recordings and want to acquire them in one convenient package.
Next up is Dudamel’s Mahler 9th with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recorded live at the Disney Concert Hall. Previous hearings of Dudamel’s Mahler reveals him to be a spontaneous interpreter with many interesting ideas of interpretation, and we look forward to this release accordingly.
Finally, if you would like a budget rendition of Mahler’s epic Second Symphony, rejoice–DG has released the excellent Kubelik studio recording on a single disc on their budget series Virtuoso, certainly one of the most exciting offers on Virtuoso and possibly the most attractive one for a while. At any rate those who have not heard it or lack a recording of this important work should acquire this release in January when it is released.