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October of this year was the 100th anniversary of the Hamburg premiere of Mahler’s Second Symphony so this release by the Hamburg Philharmonic is very timely. The soloists are outstanding. Simone Young’s partnership with this orchestra is proving to be very successful: “What I like most about this performance (OC633 Bruckner Symphony No.1)… is its mixture of drama and warmth… Gramophone
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante moderato
III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
IV. Urlicht: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
V. Finale: Im Tempo des Scherzos
“In the 'Urlicht' - nobly enhanced by Dagmar Peckova's deep contralto timbre - Young (as directed by Mahler but rarely practised) separates and distances the trumpets at the start as if we've suddenly entered another realm.”
“Young's Second is, in a word, stunning. At once personally involving ad profoundly moving, this traversal finds her expertly marshalling highly accomplished forces through this 80-minute confrontation with life, death and the hereafter with such unwavering conviction that the ultimate triumph is never at issue...Young's new account merits high commendation and can hold its own in the most illustrious company.”
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