Notes & Reviews:
Bernstein's 1979 version has a palpably live feeling to it and the listener has the impression that this was a special occasion. It has a tremendous energy and earthiness, particularly in the middle 2 movements. The third movement in particular is taken at a tremendous lick. One can imagine him cajoling the orchestra into letting themselves let rip in the wilder passages of the music. Karajan's rendition, in a live concert given a few years later, is also a superb and moving performance but is much more controlled and less extrovert. The serious Mahler enthusiast should possess both. It is worth noting that the Bernstein version has clear open and well defined sound while Karajan is lumbered with dry sonics and a poor bass response.
REISSUED SPECIALLY IN THE RUN-UP TO MAHLER YEAR 2010, THIS LEGENDARY, NOT TO SAY CULT RECORDING - OF THE SINGLE OCCASION WHEN LEONARD BERNSTEIN CONDUCTED (OR WAS PERMITTED TO CONDUCT) HERBERT VON KARAJAN'S BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ONLY 1 CD AT MID-PRICE INSTEAD OF 2 CDS AT HIGH PRICE, IN WHICH CATEGORY IT HAS BEEN A STEADY SELLER FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS.
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
- Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
- Running Time: 81 min. 7 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1908-1909