Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The first releases from the Munich Philharmonic’s own recording label feature sensational performances of works by two composers with whom the orchestra is closely associated: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.

The Munich Philharmonic had an especially close relationship with Gustav Mahler and has long been associated with his music. Mahler conducted the Munich Philharmonic at the world premieres of his very own Fourth and Eighth Symphonies as well as Das Lied von der Erde.

Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of “life”. His epic second symphony, often referred to as The Resurrection Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.

For this astonishing recording, Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are joined by soprano Anne Schwanewilms and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, as well as the magnificent Munich Philharmonic Choir.

Valery Gergiev has held many of the top roles in the world of classical music and is one of the most influential conductors of our time. He is General and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where is has lead a renaissance of this historic institution, firmly re-establishing it as one of the world’s leading opera and ballet companies. From 2006 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also enjoyed positions and close relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Pacific Music Festival and World Orchestra for Peace, whose founder Sir Georg Solti nominated him as his successor as Music Director. However, Gergiev’s role with the Munich Philharmonic is his first position with a German orchestra.

Gergiev has a peerless reputation in Russian and French repertoire. He has received acclaim around the world, and recordings with Philips, LSO Live and Mariinsky have won countless awards, especially in the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Debussy. However, over recent decades he has become widely regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting conductors of German repertoire in the world today, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

“It reminds me a little of Karajan at his paradoxical best/worst: magnificently convincing in its artistic overview, rather less persuasive when it comes to what Henry James called the ‘sharpness of human contact’” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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Münchner Philharmoniker - 9305211204

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

arrangement for piano four hands by Bruno Walter


Maasa Nakazawa (piano) & Suhrud Athavale (piano)

World-renowned conductor Bruno Walter was particularly well acquainted with Gustav Mahler’s work, and was employed as his assistant at the Hamburg Opera at the time Mahler’s Second Symphony was given its première in Berlin. Walter prepared his precise and imaginative “reduction for piano” soon afterwards and in close collaboration with the composer. Bruno Walter regarded the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony as one of his mentor’s key works, from the “dramatic struggles” of the first movement to the “lightning bolt” that inspired its sublime choral finale.

Naxos - 8573350

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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

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C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 718008

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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 Blu-ray: PCM 2.0, dts-HD MA 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

“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

“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 ****

Blu-ray Disc

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C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 718104

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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

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Barbirolli Society - SJB107879

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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

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Music is the language of the heart and soul

Music is the language of the heart and soul

A portrait of Mariss Jansons


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


This is the only available documentary about Mariss Jansons from his early career until present day. Jansons himself relates the story of his youth and education, historical footage shows the young maestro with his mentor Herbert von Karajan and taking his first steps towards an international career.

Mariss Jansons is one of the leading conductors, performing with all the important orchestras in the world. Film maker Robert Neumüller observes Jansons in rehearsal for the New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as working with the top orchestras he is currently heading, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This 2 DVD-set includes a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with Mariss Jansons conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the best orchestra’s in the world.

“Mariss Jansons is one of the best orchestra builders around.” The New York Times

“No conductor has a more extraordinary story to tell than Mariss Jansons.” The Independent

Running Time Total: 147 Minutes

Documentary: 53 Minutes

Concert: 94 Minutes

DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Subtitles Documentary and Symphony: Original language: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean subtitles

“The humility everywhere apparent points to the fact that, while much in Jansons's background would indicate musical success...that success was far from assured...The presumptions in the documentary are put well into practice in Mahler's Second Symphony...Jansons deploys his stage forces with such seamless attention to the score that Mahler's eruptions become part of a preconceived plan and not spontaneous outbursts for their own sake.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Most valuable is the footage of his father, conductor Arvid Jansons, and of his own early days as a Herbert von Karajan protege...Of Jansons's humanity and penetrating gifts as a conductor we hear heartfelt testimony from the pianist Lang Lang...the Mahler film fully displays Jansons's passionate physical engagement with the music.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ***

“the excerpts included in the documentary give evidence of his talent. Yet this documentary also offers some insights into Jansons' artistic temperament, which support the music which he interprets so well...Jansons captures the style of the work from the start, with a dramatically charged interpretation of the opening funeral march...The visual aspects of the DVD fit the music, with crisp images, realistic color and well-thought videography.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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C Major - 709708

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Boulez conducts Mahler

Boulez conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, 26-27 March 2005


Diana Damrau (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo)

Staatskapelle Berlin & Staatsopernchor, Pierre Boulez

Born in 1925 in Montbrison, France, Pierre Boulez is one of the most distinguished composers and conductors in the world today.

With his uncompromising approach to the score, Pierre Boulez’s Mahler readings have long fascinated critics and audiences alike. Boulez eschews the romanticized readings common in performance tradition and instead reveals the real joy and terror in Mahler’s large-scale symphonies.

Vocalists Diana Damrau and Petra Lang join forces with the Staaatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor as the perfect ensemble to bring Boulez’s vision of this gargantuan piece to life.

Boulez’s interpretation is truly infused with light. This performance really does give a new perspective on a much-loved symphony.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 89 mins

Blu-ray Disc

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EuroArts - 2054424

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Recorded 19th August 1989 (stereo, analogue)


James Levine left his mark not only on the operatic life of the Salzburg Festival but also on its concerts, in particular its Mahler renaissance, culminating in the present performance of the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, which is magnificently sung by chorus and soloists and superbly played by the Vienna Phil.

“Christa Ludwig, Kathleen Battle and the Vienna State Opera Chorus had no difficulty in achieving the same high level as that by Levine and his orchestra, we were witness to a Mahler experience that will remain with us for a very long time.” Volker Boser, Münchner Abendzeitung 21/8/1989

“Levine's 1989 Salzburg account would seem to have been fashioned with the delicate sensibilities of the glamorous festival audience in mind. It's a reading which dutifully pushes most of the right buttons but never the music's extremes. Everything is kept on a pretty even keel...Of course, the Vienna strings offer an echt Viennese account of the Andante” Gramophone Magazine, April 2012

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Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or - Salzburger Festspieldokumente - C837112B

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 25 & 26 September 2009


Adriana Kucerová (soprano) & Christianne Stotijn (mezzo soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Vladimir Jurowski

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long heritage with Mahler’s symphonies cemented in a mid-European tradition through Tennstedt’s work with the Orchestra in the 1980s and early 1990s. Vladimir Jurowski has waited longer than many other conductors might before tackling Mahler mainly, he says, because to approach this music is “to touch on something that is for me extremely precious and personal”.

Mahler’s Second Symphony is a compelling start to Jurowski’s documentation of this great composer. His approach fully reveals the dynamic extremes in Mahler and this recording emphsises how much soft scoring there is, such is Jurowski’s sensitivity and control. Jurowski differs from Tennstedt in that there is no over emotional self-indulgence, he allows the music to do the talking and his tempos and pacing are faultless.

‘...when the chorus finally stood up and let rip in the closing moments, it set the seal on a masterful performance from a world-class orchestra-conductor team.’ The Guardian, September 2009

“This epic journey from dark to light is hardly short of recordings, but this live one can hold its head up high. The soloists are superb, and the LPO plays beautifully for Jurowski, who shows a total mastery of pacing. The huge narrative of the finale can easily sag, but here it leads unerringly to the magical choral entry.” The Telegraph, 23rd June 2011 ****

“A performance of revelations, big and small, and easily the most illuminating to have appeared on disc in a very long time...probably now the prime recommendation, the "library" choice, that has for so long eluded us...The really big factor here is Jurowski's command of Mahler's very particular and very dramatic way with rubato and the shock of newness that comes from those explicit extremes.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“The interlude-minuet of bygone days is deliberately nuanced, like much else here. Then Jurowski pulls off his finest feat of tonal novelty in a hyper-modern scherzo...[Stotijn], Kucerová and the chorus then make a swiftish resurrection the most human and personable on disc, deserving all the wild cheers.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 *****

“His Allegro maestoso opening is fierce, fast and unyielding...The movement’s dissonant climax is an Expressionist shocker. We’ve tipped over the abyss and the closing pages are pitch black...Jurowski’s finale grips from the outset; offstage brass are perfectly caught, and I like the flowing tempo he adopts when building up to the massive, ecstatic eruption 13 minutes in.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 11th June 2011

“imaginatively conceived and very well played...Jurowski makes the whole structure cohere extremely well, and in his case swift doesn't mean superficial: there's great cumulative power as well as rhythmic precision...'Urlicht' is sung with great poise and dignity by Christianne Stotijn; she has a lovely sense of line and approaches the song with touching simplicity.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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LPO - LPO0054

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