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How to buy Mahler? Get start from the top 10 essential recordings guided by Gramophone.

Gustav Mahler was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and a best known during his own lifetime as one of the leading orchestral and operatic conductors. As a composer, Mahler acted as a bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. His music conceived on the grandest scale, although his approach to genre often blurred the lines between orchestral Lied, symphony, and symphonic poem. Here’s a list of the top 10 recordings  by Gramophone to help start your CD collection:

1) Symphony No 5 – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Rattle

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 ~ Rattle

Price: $26.46

4.1 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)

12 used & new available from $1.73

2) Das Lied von der Erde – Ludwig; Wunderlich; Philharmonia Orchestra / Klemperer

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Price: $4.98

4.4 out of 5 stars (40 customer reviews)

3 used & new available from $4.98

3) Symphony No 9 – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Price: $18.49

4.1 out of 5 stars (52 customer reviews)

22 used & new available from $7.95

4) Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Schwarzkopf; Fischer-Dieskau; LSO / Szell

Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Diesk

Price: $3.73

(0 customer reviews)

2 used & new available from $3.73

5) Symphony No 1 – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kubelík

6) Symphony No 4 – Staatskapelle Dresden / Sinopoli

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Price: $16.99

(0 customer reviews)

10 used & new available from $7.29

7) Symphony No 2 – London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jurowski

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Resurrection

Price: $19.99

4.7 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)

22 used & new available from $8.05

8) Symphony No 8 – London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Tennstedt

Mahler: Symphony No. 8

Price: $19.99

4.5 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)

20 used & new available from $10.37

9) Song-cycles – Baker; Hallé; New Philharmonia / Barbirolli

Mahler: Lieder

Price: $69.99

4.3 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)

7 used & new available from $2.52

10) Symphony No 7 – Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Abbado

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Price: $7.48

4.3 out of 5 stars (28 customer reviews)

19 used & new available from $4.96