And please pick-up copies of Mahler 1 by Kubelik, Horenstein, and Walter. What they lack in sonics are counterbalanced 10-fold by interpretation. Enjoy.
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Sorry to disagree with your recommendations but: the Haitink/CSO Mahler Symphonies--1, 3, & 6 (so far, and hopefully no more)--are total disasters! They do have good sound, which just makes the lack of passion, drama and personality that much more evident. I had trouble believing that, in the 3rd, this was, really, the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Haitink's early Mahler series with the Concertgebouw is preferable but not a landmark in the Mahler discography.
For great sounding Mahler (remember, sound) sample the Chailly/Concertgebouw on Decca, or the Gielen/SWF Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden on Hänssler. For great performances and sound, the Bertini/Cologne on EMI is pretty much unbeatable.
Rtn's suggestions above are all excellent as would be the still-in-print Mahler recordings by Leonard Bernstein, and the out-of-print ones by Segerstam and de Waart.
The following is a great site if your interested in Mahler: www.gustavmahlerboard.com.
Haitink is a respected conductor, although I find his recorded Mahler and Bruckner to be overly thought-out and smooth to the point of removing all traces of life. Haitink has recorded as much Mahler as anyone, and the two performances I return to with frequency is #4. Ah, I wish his entire BPO cycle could sound as fresh as this #4, and Sylvia McNair is absolutely radiant and perfect for the part. The other one is a searing #5 from the Amsterdam live Christmas concerts - a hard to find box, but a cycle that trumps any of his other over-polished disasters.
I do like Haitink's Shostakovich. Really, a landmark set.
For sonics on modern recordings, I like Boulez' #1. An idiosyncratic performance , but it is awesome when Boulez 'let's er rip' with such a powerful orchestra. Too bad he rushes the beautiful Juliane Banse on the recording - he didn't in the live concert. Maybe he had another recording to make that day. I also like the Bernstein DG box as the most satisfying set on whole.