Michael Gielen's Mahler
Somewhat to my surprise the current BBC Music Mag recommends the Gielen recording of Mahler 5 above all others calling it 'a balanced powerful recording [which] sets the seal on a magnificent 5th from a definitive cycle'.
I claim to know a thing or two about Mahler cycles but have to confess that I've never heard a note of Gielen's though I do recall broadcasts with the BBC SO many moons ago. 'Definitive cycle' seems a very bold claim to make with the likes of Bernstein, Abbado and Haitink among others readily available.
Has anyone got this 5th or indeed the whole cycle? Am I missing something?
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