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This account of the “Resurrection” is notably more rhetorical and dramatic than Walter’s several later recordings.
Bruno Walter had a missionary zeal for Mahler’s multidimensional music.
These are two previously unreleased recordings.
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"
I. Langsam, schleppend
II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
IV. Sturmisch bewegt
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"
I. Allegro maestoso
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"
II. Andante moderato
III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
IV. Urlicht: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
V. Im Tempo des Scherzo: Im Tempo des Scherzo's - Wild herausfahren
V. Im Tempo des Scherzo: Langsam - Misterioso
26th August 2012
“The notion that Bruno Walter’s Mahler was “soft-centred” used to be a commonplace of English criticism...These [performances], previously unissued and taken from broadcasts from Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1942, confirm that his approach was anything but soft. They bristle with fierce energy and whiplash playing. No 1 is particularly impressive.”
“Rhetoric and searing drama charge the first movement with unprecedented levels of intensity...As to the closing minutes, no performance in my experience quite equals them for a sense of unbridled exhilaration, the Westminster Choir singing their hearts out like no other on disc. It'll likely move you to tears and I have no hesitation whatever in naming this the pre-eminent 'historic' Mahler Second”
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