Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

2010

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

2012

Camilla Tilling (soprano), Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo)


The release of Mahler´s Symphonies Nos. 1 + 2 starts the release the complete Mahler cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra on DVD and Blu-ray. Each Symphony will have an introduction by Paavo Järvi.

Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 1 + 2 with Paavo Järvi.

Reviews of the concerts had been terrific!

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES Symphony No. 2: Original language: German, Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Bonus: English (original language), German, Korean

BOOKLET: E, G, F

“In general, Järvi favours broad tempos - perhaps a little too broad in the opening movement of the Second Symphony...But the First Symphony...is wholly successful in its balance of detail and flow, and the Second includes a lovely 'Urlicht' from Finnish mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

“Something of their poise and sweetness endures in this new DVD and Blu-ray series in which the band is directed by its current chief, Paavo Järvi...Lilli Paasikivi provides an eloquent account of the 'Urlicht', her relatively operatic presentation underpinned by stringent vocal control.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

DVD and Blu-ray Sale

C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 718008

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$39.00

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Evgenia Gorokhovskaya (mezzo-soprano) & Galina Kovalyova (soprano)

Choir of the Leningrad State Academic, Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre, The Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad State Academic Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, Yuri Temirkanov

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony as interpreted by Yuri Temirkanov.

The Second Symphony was a landmark in Mahler’s artistic biography. It took him six years to compose (1888 to 1894), and chronologically it concurred with the swift rise of his conducting career. For the first time Mahler addressed a tragic collision of the inevitability of death thus casting doubt on the purpose of human existence (“Why did you live? Why did you suffer? Is it all an enormous frightful joke?” the composer wrote to a friend).

The Second Symphony became Mahler’s first vocal one. Just like Beethoven, he needed a word to completely expose his idea, and the words were found in Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock’s ode (“Rise again, yes, you shall rise again / My dust”) – the answer to the symphony’s main question was found in the Christian idea of Resurrection.

The large-scale line-up and huge volume of the symphony (it lasts more than 80 minutes) did not prevent it from becoming one of Mahler’s most popular works, and it has been subjected to numerous interpretations by conductors.

Yuri Temirkanov is a prominent representative of Ilya Musin’s school, who now heads the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society and previously conducted the orchestra of the State Academic Kirov (now Mariinsky) Opera and Ballet Theatre for many years. With that orchestra, he was one of the first in the USSR who recorded Mahler’s Second Symphony, in 1980. The recording features Kirov Theatre soloists Evgenia Gorokhovskaya and Galina Kovalyova.

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Melodiya - MELCD1002253

(CD - 2 discs)

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Sir John Barbirolli conducts Mahler & Stravinsky

Sir John Barbirolli conducts Mahler & Stravinsky


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Victoria Elliot (soprano), Eugenia Zareska (mezzo)

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms


By the time of his death, Sir John Barbirolli had conducted all the Mahler symphonies except the Eighth “Symphony of a Thousand”, and the reconstructed Tenth. He conducted the two completed movements of the Tenth (the Adagio and Purgatorio). Recordings are available for Nos. 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9.

He conducted the Adagietto of the Fifth on several occasions, the first of these being in New York. He performed the song-cycle Kindertotenlieder, with Elena Gerhardt at the Royal Philharmonic Society concert on 29 January 1931. He conducted it in Manchester in 1946 and several times later with Kathleen Ferrier (see the Barbirolli Society release SJB1080).

In 1959 he decided to prepare the Ninth Symphony and the acclaim for his interpretation inaugurated 16 years of almost an obsession with Mahler.

He repeated the Ninth in the next Hallé season and programmed it in Edinburgh, Sheffield, Leeds, Houston, Chicago and elsewhere. He conducted the Second in La Scala, Milan, for he was determined to spread the gospel of Mahler worldwide. In January 1963 he conducted the Ninth in Berlin, where Mahler’s music was little known. In 1965 he conducted the Second three times in Berlin with Janet Baker.

We are fortunate that this thrilling performance, recorded on 12 March 1959 in the Free Trade Hall, with Victoria Elliot and Eugenia Zareska as soloists and the Hallé Orchestra and Choir, is now available for the first time. Probably few people think of Barbirolli as a Stravinsky interpreter, but he regularly programmed a handful of works and did them impressively. The rhythms and colours of the Firebird and Petrushka ballets evoked some exciting performances. He gave excellent accounts of the Symphony in Three Movements and the more classic Symphony in C. The Symphony of Psalms was a favourite too if there was enough rehearsal time to do justice to the great work. It obviously had been well prepared for performance on the evidence of this disc taken from a broadcast from the Edinburgh Festival on 28 August 1957.

The choir had to travel overnight from Manchester and arrived at Prince’s Street Station at 5am on a miserable cold and wet morning. Their spirits lifted when they saw the familiar figure, with his large hat and carrying his stick, waiting to greet them.

As can be heard on this disc, he gives the music a reverential quality but does not indulge in any exaggerated religiosity. Typically, he probes the score for every ounce of lyricism without compromising the music’s baroque style.

“Barbirolli and his Hallé forces make an excellent job of the finale. The recording is somewhat stretched by some of the loudest passages – the opening being one such case – but on the other hand the offstage effects are very well managed and the incandescent ending is sonically well conveyed...admirers of this great conductor will surely want to hear them.” MusicWeb International, 10th October 2014

Barbirolli Society - SJB107879

(CD - 2 discs)

$17.75

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

arrangement for Small Orchestra by Gilbert Kaplan and Rob Mathes


Marlis Petersen (soprano) & Janina Baechle (mezzo-soprano)

Wiener Kammerorchester & Wiener Singakademie, Gilbert Kaplan

Gilbert Kaplan, the best-selling Mahler interpreter in history, conducts the Wiener Kammerorchester, Wiener Singakadamie and soloists soprano Marlis Petersen and mezzo-soprano Janina Baechle, in a unique new version of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’: his own arrangement, with Rob Mathes, for small orchestra, designed for chamber, community and regional opera orchestras to perform this work which normally requires more than 100 musicians.

Gilbert Kaplan is one of today’s most authoritative and acclaimed interpreters of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, having conducted the work at the invitation of more than 65 orchestras.

His 1987 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is the best-selling Mahler recording in history, with sales approaching 200,000 copies. A second recording, with the Vienna Philharmonic, based on the New Critical Edition of the score for which Kaplan served as co-editor, was released in 2003 on DG. With sales of almost 50,000 copies, it is the best-selling recording of Mahler’s Second since the date of its release.

Now, with his third recording, based on a live performance at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Kaplan is set to make history once again - not only capturing the imagination of his vast worldwide followers, but also providing an opportunity for chamber, community and regional opera orchestras to perform this work which normally requires more than 100 musicians (there are only 56 musicians performing on this recording). His recording with the Vienna Chamber Symphony sets the benchmark.

While reducing the instrumentation, Kaplan and his co-arranger Rob Mathes remain faithful to Mahler’s musical intentions and orchestral colours. They take a page, of sorts, out of Mahler’s book - the composer made numerous arrangements himself, often adding (rather than subtracting) instruments to symphonic staples by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. In another nod to history, the Kaplan/Mathes chamber arrangement recalls Schoenberg’s scaled down versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 4.

Avie - AV2290

(CD - 2 discs)

$19.75

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Benjamin Zander and Linn launch their new partnership with Mahler’s hugely popular ‘Resurrection’ Symphony; exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful it is the perfect showcase for Zander’s distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity.

A GRAMMY-nominated conductor, Zander has established an impressive reputation as arguably the most devoted Mahlerian of today, having previously released seven of the nine symphonies to critical acclaim.

Together with the Philharmonia Orchestra Zander’s recordings of Mahler symphonies have inspired critics worldwide to use superlatives such as ‘revelatory’, ‘exhilarating’, ‘illuminating’ and ‘remarkable’.

An infectiously enthusiastic communicator, Benjamin Zander has also recorded a detailed and highly informative discussion to accompany the recording (available to download for free).

The featured soloists are Sarah Connolly, one of the foremost British mezzo sopranos who has impressed at La Scala and Glyndebourne, and Swedish soprano Miah Persson, who is in great demand with the major opera houses including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York.

Further commendations for his Mahler Symphonies include: nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Orchestral Performance (Ninth Symphony), named a ‘Top 10 Recording of 2001’ by the New York Times and The Sunday Times (Fourth and Fifth Symphonies respectively), named a ‘Recording of the Year’ by Boston Globe, The Sunday Times, and Fanfare Magazine (Sixth Symphony).

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world.

With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards.

“don’t expect searing agony: Zander prefers the lofty objective view, and lets the drama of death and resurrection unfold without jabbing our elbows...Special ingredients? The tense opening bars; the feeling radiating from mezzo Sarah Connolly; the finale’s first steps, so gravely beautiful; the prayerful singing of the Philharmonia Choir, steady at the slowest speeds” The Times, 15th November 2013 ****

“Zander's Resurrection begins well enough with a clear-etched, finely nuanced funeral march...[but in the Scherzo] the familiar Zander leisureliness becomes a liability...Salvation is on hand from the ever-meaningful, velvet-toned mezzo Sarah Connolly...You couldn't wish for a more floaty soprano than Miah Persson” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ***

“Zander’s way with the big first movement is impressive...Connolly is eloquent and rich of tone in ‘Urlicht’...the recorded sound is absolutely superb, making a great impact yet also bringing out also countless little subtleties in Mahler’s scoring. The playing and singing are of an equally high order” MusicWeb International, December 2013

“The richly coloured performance, by a Philharmonia on top form, bears out many of Zander’s points, not least the vital importance in Mahler of a clarity of texture in which every line is audible. His argument for a slower than usual tempo in the spectral scherzo is also vindicated...Essential listening.” Sunday Times, 12th January 2014

“Zander's fidelity to Mahler's markings remains remarkable. So too goes he handle timbral contrasts supremely well, particularly in balancing the vocal soloists Miah Persson and Sarah Connolly within the overall texture.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

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Linn - CKD452

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Eiko Soga (soprano), Yuko Tsuji (mezzo), Choir of Kunitachi College of Music


King Records - KKC2031

(CD - 2 discs)

$34.50

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Historic Mahler & Bruckner

Historic Mahler & Bruckner


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

1890 version. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956.

Anny Felbermayer (soprano) & Sonja Dreksler (alto)

Austrian Radio Choir


Vienna Symphony Orchestra, F.Charles Adler

A conducting student of Mahler, F. Charles Adler conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in works by Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (WAB 103) [1890 version first published by Theodor Rättig]. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C-minor, “Resurrection,” with Anny Felbermayer, sop.; Sonja Dreksler, alto; Austrian Radio Choir. Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956. Both recordings are previously unissued.

“the courage, enterprise and vision of musicians such as Charles Adler in presenting these scores cannot be overstated. There may be shortcomings in these performances – or, at least, shortcomings as judged by today’s standards...However, there’s also a great deal to commend these readings and they are well worth hearing. Music & Arts deserve our gratitude” MusicWeb International, 3rd May 2013

Music & Arts - MACD1265

(CD - 2 discs)

$23.75

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

live 1989


Barbara Kilduff (soprano) & Christa Ludwig (mezzo)

National Choir 'Rinat', Tel Aviv Philharmonic Choir, Ihud Choir & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine

"I don't remember when last the Israeli orchestra played as it did last night...I don't remember an Israeli choir ever singing in whispers, as the three choirs that participated in the performance sang together last night. And Christa Ludwig was also with them, a singer with the presence of a queen..The moment when Ludwig's voice was heard in Urlicht ('first light' in the fourth section) will not be forgotten: the human warmth and depth of expression raised the great performance of the symphony another level." Israeli daily newspaper, 'Ha'aretz'

Helicon - 02-9634

(CD - 2 discs)

$27.00

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Juliane Banse (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Schweizer Kammerchor, David Zinman

RCA Zinman Mahler Symphonies - 88697513072

(CD - 2 discs)

$18.50

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Presto CD

Decca - 4259702

(Presto CD)

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