However, I've stumbled upon something amazing today. Apparently, Mahler recorded many of his work using piano rolls. And not the shitty "mechanical" rolls, he went all out and used the fancy pants piano rolls which reproduces dynamics (aka volume, speed, and all that stuff which makes a playing "human"). I am completely flabbergasted by how amazing this sounds given how crude the technology is. I am in complete and utter awe before this.
So without further ado, from Youtube, I give you Mahler!
- G. Mahler (1905). "Finale", Symphony No. 4.
- G. Mahler (1905). "First movement [extract]", Symphony No. 5.
Interpretations (First parts of 1st movements for now, the rest of the symphony can be found easily from the given links):
- G. Dudamel (2008). Symphony No.1: Titan.
- C. Abbado (2004). Symphony No.2: Resurrection.
- G. Solti (1969). Symphony No. 3.
- L. Bernstein (1974). Symphony No. 4.
- C. Abbado (2004). Symphony No.5.
- C. Eschenbach (2007). Symphony No.6: Tragic.
- M. Tilson-Thomas (2007). Symphony No.7.
- S. Rattle (2002). Symphony No.8.
- C. Abbadio (2004). Symphony No.9.
I will update these lists as I find other recordings.
[a] In exactly the same way punching a judge in the face is "somewhat" of a procedural faux-pas when it comes to appealing a ruling.