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By way of contrast, from new label Urlicht comes a fascinating collection of pioneering recordings from a period when Mahler was ‘new’ music. Listeners may know Bruno Walter’s peerless pre-war ninth and Das Lied; Oscar Fried’s premiere recording of no 2 contrasts with a rough-hewn Ormandy reading from 1940. There is a feast of singing from luminaries such as Heinrich Schlusnus and a young Grete Stückgold. Transfers, by Ward Marston and Mark Obert-Thorn, are second to none given the source material, in a highly desirable collection.

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