Walter Conducts Mahler — Symphony No. 2

Bruno Walter’s triumphant return to Vienna — now available in a greatly improved transfer!

Bruno Walter is without doubt the most famous and acclaimed of Mahler’s disciples. He fled Austria in the face of the 1938 Anschluß — and returned to Vienna a decade later to give a glorious performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with the Vienna Philharmonic— an intense, passionate performance that provides a far different interpretation to his famous but comparatively objective early stereo recording with the New York Philharmonic a decade later. Charles Martin’s new restoration corrects several audio issues, including incorrect pitch, that have impaired all previous releases of this landmark performance.  Available from Qobuz.

Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler — Symphony No. 9

The elusive, legendary performance of 2 October 1960 — now available in greatly improved sound!

Dimitri Mitropoulos focused on the music of Gustav Mahler during his last years. His stunning live performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vienna Philharmonic from October 1960 was made a month before his death, and is now available in an eminently listenable 24-bit restoration that abates and remedies serious audio problems that marred previous issues. This release is also available from HDTracks.