It has floated at the edge of musical consciousness for decades in pirate releases of terrible quality.
It’s the only performance of a Mahler work ever given by the ultimate conductor, Carlos Kleiber, who spent a year thinking about it and a night deciding to eliminate the composer from his repertoire.
Now, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra have released a clean master-tape of the concert.
Must be heard to be believed.
It’s my five-star Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com. Read here.