Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 4 Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
Channel Classics CCSSA26109 (SACD)
Recorded in Sep 2008 this is available as downloads at resolutions up to DSD64.

Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
Columbia G010003872253J (96kHz/24-bit)
This esteemed 1965 recording is separately available (FLAC download only) from the remastered 106CD set – now a US import.

Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer
Warner Classics 5670352 (download only)
This is coupled with Mahler songs with Christa Ludwig. For the physical disc you will need the EMI 6CD set 2483982 with Mahler Symphonies Nos 2, 7 and 9 and Das Lied von der Erde.

Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
RCO Live RCO07003 (SACD)
This, Haitink's seventh version, no less, was recorded live on 7th November 2006. The maximum download is at 88.2kHz/24-bit.

Lucerne Festival Orch/Claudio Abbado
Euroarts 2057988/2057984 (DVD/Blu-ray)
If you don't mind Magdalena Kožená emoting so much in the finale, then this 2010 film is perhaps Abbado's best Mahler 4.

RAM Ensemble/Trevor Pinnock
Linn CKD438 (downloads to 192kHz/24-bit res)
Composed for Schoenberg's Performance Society this is a reduction for 14 players playing here with soprano Sónia Grané in (iv).