Horenstein's Mahler 3 is legendary, and is my current desert island pick. The other works are also top notch, and I'm glad I bought this set rather than the single Mahler 3 CD. Full details of the recordings are given, and the CD covers are superb reproductions of the original LP covers. One slight criticism is that there are no translations for the choral parts of 3, and no background descriptions of the works themselves. So I'd recommend getting a book on Mahler, that includes translations, such as "Gustav Mahler: An Introduction to his Music" by Deryck Cooke. For more general information the "Rough Guide to Classical Music" is useful. It provides an excellent overview of major composers and their works, and the authors give due reverence to Horenstein... always a good sign.
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