Could you say a little bit about what lifts it to that level in your estimation?
I've acquired two Vanska performances that are so bad I can't listen to them (one I just threw out): Mahler 6 and Sibelius 4.
In both his tempos are so slow as to suck all the life out of the music.
I've got him doing Nielsen's 6th and it's not very exciting either.
Well, first this is a BIS hybrid cd and the recording is much better than the other Vanska I have, by far. And I hear things on this recording that I haven’t heard before, thanks to the engineering and Vanska tendency to bring the woodwinds and horns up front. Many people knock him for being far to quiet in the quieter sections but this doesn’t bother me. The sound here is clean, crisp, fast and dynamic and he brings the bombast when he needs to. I have other 3s, on redbook cd, including Furtwangler with the Berlin Phil, and several lps and Abbado on Dvd and Toscanini on .... wait for it ... laserdisc! But right now, this is my favorite and I plan to investigate the other Vanska Beethoven Hybrid SACDs. The Minn orchestra responds well to him and he to them. If you’re still feeling consternated, I could always mail you my copy for listen.
I agree about the Sibelius recording. Very slow and deliberately so. And that’s also not an SACD either. I don’t think I’ll throw it out though.