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I've listened several time with increasing wonder. No recording or performance of this piece I have ever heard comes close to the clarity, detail and sheer perfection of the playing and recording, typical for these forces. And, in the late 50's Mahler was still sufficiently "non-box office " that Reiner must have loved this work enough to fight to record it. Yet, despite the performers' and engineers' dedication and care, I can't hear even a hint of magic in this, most magical (as in Magic Flute) of Mahler's Nine. Abbado/Vienna (alas not HDTT, but streamable in reasonable hi def) remains a favorite. Also the HDTT of Szell, though somewhat overcalculated, at least seems to get the piece.
I enjoyed so natural sound, like I'm in Symphony Center Concert Hall of Chicago. Of course, Reiner / CSO performance is excellent. I don't know recording of Mahler's 4th symphony, better than this, with both sound and performance.
This is my 3rd recording of the 4th with the Chicago Symphony. It is the clearest sounding of them all!
This performance is Mahler's Symphony No. 4 which Fritz Liner recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra recorded. The original is a clear stereo recording in 1958 recording, but again this time HDTT mastering has been successful. Liner did not perform during the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's office while only this symphony and "Echo song", so this recording is an unusual Mahler performance. However, he is good at Richard Strauss and he is familiar with late Romantic music based in Vienna at the end of the century, so he is Mahler who was interpreted according to his own aesthetic sense.