This year I'm listening to all the Mahler and Brucker symphonies over the summer holiday, movement by movement, one day at a time. I think I've got enough days to fit it all in. I don't have a plan but I do intend to hang it around the Proms, which include performances of (I believe) Mahler 1, 4, 5, 6 and 9 and Bruckner 7. [Update: Since the holiday cottage we've booked apparently has no wifi I won't be able to use iPlayer after all, so I'm listening to some of these on Spotify download after all.] All the others will have to fit around those (although I'll be using iPlayer, of course, for those).
Otherwise I'm generally planning on using Spotify, although if I've still got some CDs lying around I might use them.
Listened to the 1889 Nowak version, Janowski and L'orchestra de la Suisse Romande
This was my S-level set work, and at the same time it was in the Youth Orchestra repertoire, so I know this quite well. 'Traditional' version (can't remember which of the many that is)
That opening tune is still one of the most intense listening experiences. Even in the hands of Karajan and the Berlin Phil. The second movement (the tribute to Wagner) is equally compelling
Celibidache and the Munich Phil - connection with Celibidache from years back made me choose this performance of the monster 8th
Using the recording just released by John Gibbons and the Aarhus Symphony with the Finale reconstructed by Nors S Josephson
Using the great Bernstein recording from Vienna, now on YouTube. Christa Ludwig provides the alto bloom.
Gergiev and the LSO with Laura Claycomb at the end.
The Nelsons performance from this year's Proms. Fast first movement - nice and urgent - and a beautifully paced slow movement. Heavens, that's a great piece of music.
Got the big one out of the way early on. First part more concise than I remember it; second part is just as long as I remember it, but much more listenable 30 years on...
Listening to Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony because unusually the non-tenor is being sung by Thomas Hampton rather than a mezzo/alto. Great to hear it thus (although maybe having the lady singing that part makes a bigger contrast with the tenor?). But it's a dream of mine...
More #hallonthehill @stgeorgesbris and #pocketopera https://t.co/h83enuXHp7 when I get the chance today.