"Sony Classical is pleased to announce another ten releases in its increasingly comprehensive series of Classical Masters. These new budget-priced CD box sets contain classic recordings, many of them newly remastered, by some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.
In recent decades, the outstanding American conductor David Zinman has elevated Zurich s venerable Tonhalle Orchestra into one of the world s elite ensembles. Their complete set of the Beethoven symphonies has achieved benchmark status, and the complete Zinman/Tonhalle Mahler cycle, reissued here, has also been widely acclaimed. This is not Mahler for head bangers or hifi freaks, wrote MusicWeb International, although this set is definitely in the demonstration class because Zinman never loses sight of the music s architecture, of the balance between Mahler at his most intimate and at his most extrovert. Reviewing the Third Symphony, ClassicsToday declared: This is pretty sensational ... Zinman reveals himself here as a fearless Mahlerian who stands with the best. "