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Mahler: Symphony No. 1; plus Wagner & Strauss Orchestral Works
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf (Eloquence)
Mahler • R Strauss • Wagner
Mahler: Symphony No. 1; R Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – Concert Suite; Wagner: Tannhauser – Overture and Venusberg Music
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra/Erich Leinsdorf
Eloquence 484 0184 (1970/72) 94.56 mins (2 discs)
Erich Leinsdorf and the RPO offer sharp-focus panache in Mahler’s First Symphony, matched by the LSO in Tannhäuser and Rosenkavalier excerpts. Decca’s turbocharged ‘Phase 4’ sound still packs a punch. Malcolm Hayes