Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection' - SACD

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor '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: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Jonathan Nott continues his very successful Mahler series with Symphony No.2. The soloists are Anne Schwanewilms soprano and Lioba Braun contralto. BBC Music Magazine described Nott’s recording of Mahler’s Symphony No.9 as “a fine achievement in a towering symphony.”

“Jonathan Nott [reaches] new peaks in his Bamberg cycle...What uplift, rather than crushing weight, in those opening lower-string flourishes...The consoling vision just gets more magical on each reappearance...I doubt if anyone has brought more luminous colours to the soprano's assurance than Anne Schwanewilms” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 *****

“Nott opts for lucidity rather than histrionics or high seriousness in a steady reading of the epic funeral march that never feels as if he is merely going through the motions...Both [the Andante moderato and the Scherzo] are minutely observed” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“[Nott] favours precision, definition and forward momentum over barnstorming tonal weight and dramatic power, and as the symphony presses on, the detail he and his excellent orchestra reveal is remarkable...Anne Schwanewilms adds a touch of vocal luxury to the finale” The Guardian, 22nd July 2010 ***

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Tudor Jonathan Nott Complete Mahler Symphonies - TUDOR7158

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2

Mahler: Symphony No. 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


"Valery Gergiev's Mahler cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra seems now to have found its identity and this thrilling account of the 'Resurrection' Symphony, heard on the second of two consecutive evening performances, bore many of the hallmarks that have distinguished the series so far: dramatic, driven and occasionally impatient. With the LSO on splendid form, producing a brilliant, bright sound that pushed the Barbican's close acoustic to its limits, Gergiev presided over a drama of despair and redemption of the greatest intensity…The LSO chorus was in glorious voice and egged on more and more by Gergiev they joined with the orchestra to produce an enormous, brilliant and overwhelming sound. The pure, visceral thrill of the final bars, greeted with an enthusiastic ovation from the packed audience, crowned a very fine performance of this great work." MusicalCriticsm.com

"Faced with the London Symphony Orchestra's concentrated glare and attack, I considered cowering under my seat" The Times

“Singing without scores, the London Symphony Chorus are on unambiguous great form. Once Gergiev has the bit between his teeth, the tension hardly lets up…” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009

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LSO Live Gergiev Mahler Symphonies - LSO0666

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Lisa Milne (soprano) & Birgit Remmert (alto)

Budapest Festival Orchestra & The Hungarian Radio Choir, Iván Fischer

"Total engagement, meaningful articulation and a blend of freedom and intensity" BBC Music Magazine

“…Fischer… rarely pushes too hard. The orchestral sound is lean but not undernourished, allowing for even balance between contesting lines - outstanding in the funereal coda of the first movement - and a clearer than usual interplay between gleaming upper brass and woodwind.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 ****

“Stylistically, Fischer is right on the money. He has a keen nose for Mahler's particular brand of the ebb and flow of the music, the way it speaks, or rather sings; the bucolic and melodramatic elements of the score are vividly conflicted; and best of all Fischer really breathes in the atmosphere of Mahler's precipitous flight to eternity.
The second theme of the first movement, which Mahler requests enter tentatively, shyly, does exactly that – Fischer's violins are barely audible, a rosy horizon briefly glimpsed through this bleak and forbidding landscape.
Few take this first movement to the edge of possibility that Mahler so clearly envisaged. Fischer does not shirk the often reckless extremes of tempo and dynamics but nor does he throw caution to the four winds in the terrifying stampede to its cliff-hanging climax. Leonard Bernstein is probably still alone in doing just that. But there are many other compensations here: a great sense of logic and line, a second movement whose homespun accenting belongs to a bygone era, likewise the close-harmony trumpets in the trio of the third movement so touchingly redolent of another time, another place.
But the crowning glory is, as it should be, the finale – and it is here that Fischer, his performers and his engineers, really excel. The 'special effects' of Mahler's elaborate Judgement Day fresco have rarely been so magically realised.
The offstage horns are so breathtakingly remote as to suggest the world of the living left far behind. Moments of quite extraordinary stasis precede the sounding of the Dies irae and the hushed entry of the chorus. And come the peroration (resplendent with fabulous horns), Fischer knows that it is with that final crescendo of the chorus and only then that the heavens really open. Impressive.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“The sound is distinctive, the music-making personal. … the crowning glory is, as it should be, the finale… The "special effects" of Mahler's elaborate Judgement Day fresco have rarely been so magically realised. The offstage horns are so breathtakingly remote as to suggest the world of the living left far behind. Moments of quite extraordinary stasis precede the sounding of the Dies irae and the hushed entry of the chorus. And come the peroration (resplendent with fabulous horns), Fischer knows that it is with that final crescendo of the chorus and only then that the heavens really open. Impressive.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards 2006

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Channel Iván Fischer Mahler Symphonies - CCSSA23506

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (arr. for 4 hands)

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (arr. for 4 hands)


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

arr. for 4 hands by Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

arr. for 4 hands by Bruno Walter


Piano Duo Trenkner/Speidel

The Evelinde Trenkner/Sontraud Speidel Piano Duo has recorded numerous great symphonic works in piano versions for four hands on MDG. The symbiotic team effort of these two pianists on a magnificent Steinway D of big symphonic sound (built in 1901) illuminates these masterful compositions in a new way.

“I challenge any Mahler aficionado not to be transfixed by these recordings, both for the boldness of Walter's aural imagination and the sheer intellectual muscle of Eveline Trenker and Sontraud's Speidel's playing...Listening becomes proactive rather than reactive. Which is always to be encouraged.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Christiane Oelze (soprano) & Michaela Schuster (mezzo)

Kartäuserkantorei Köln, Bach-Verein Köln & Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Markus Stenz

Continuing his critically acclaimed survey of Mahler’s works, Markus Stenz brings together no fewer than five renowned choral ensembles from Bonn and Cologne for this recording.

“Markus Stenz's is the kind of lightening-flash, clearly etched interpretation I imagine Roger Norrington wanted over in Stuttgart...There's not much vibrato here, but plenty of portamento...as Mahler asks. Moreover, there's a lucid balance between strings, wind and brass...Both soloists, Michaela Schuster and Christiane Oelze, ooze meaning, as does the choir...there are details here that I will return to constantly for illustration and enlightenment.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 ****

“All the enormity and intimacy of Mahler's Second Symphony is here to be savoured. Oelze and Schuster's voices pair beautifully, supported by superb performances all round.” Classic FM Magazine, October 2011 ****

“Right from the rousing cello line in the first few measures, the Cologne forces are captured in crystalline clarity, the recording quality rendering not only the sounds onstage but also the acoustic feel of the Cologne Philharmonie.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Oehms Markus Stenz Mahler Cycle - OC647

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Revised Edition by Renate Stark-Voit and Gilbert Kaplan (2006)


Ricarda Merbeth (soprano) & Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano)

Netherlands Radio Choir & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

2 SACDs & NTSC DVD

Recorded Live Concertgebouw Amsterdam 3, 4, 6 Dec 2009

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is steadfastly progressing with its Mahler cycle under the direction of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons. Following its releases of the First, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the orchestra now turns its attention to the Second and Third Symphonies (scheduled releasedate: spring 2011).

Jansons and his Amsterdam-based orchestra performed the Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 in the 2009–10 season as part of the full, chronological series of performances given by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies to commemorate his 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death. Once again, Jansons stands out in these performances with his astonishingly keen eye for the minutest of details. Like no other, Jansons possesses the ability to integrate all this into virtually infinite overarching climaxes that can make listening to Mahler’s symphonies such an exciting experience.

Bonus DVD - Audiovisual recording of the 3rd December performance Recorded by AVRO television (Director Joost Honselaar)

"Sometimes I do feel more extroverted when conducting Mahler, probably because the whole world is contained within his symphonies. From cradle to grave to rebirth, it’s all there. The Second Symphony is a wonderful example of that. With a composer like Tchaikovsky, it’s all about his own existence, his own difficulties and his own survival. I don’t mean to say that Tchaikovsky is limited, but Mahler succeeds in writing about himself and about the world.” “Obviously, I do hope I interpret Mahler’s symphonies better now than I did as a young man. But that’s not an easy thing to hear, at least not in my tempos, simply because I always choose the tempo I feel in the moment. In music, there’s no such thing as an absolute tempo. Even a composer’s metronome markings don’t tell the whole story. I learned that from Mravinsky. He would always shout, “You have to forget Shostakovich’s metronome.” That’s why I hate it when people insist that a particular performance was too slow or too fast. That’s just a subjective opinion – certainly not a universal truth. “This music is so rich that I hope I can bring audiences closer to heaven with it. I will have succeeded in my mission if listeners go home with the feeling of having been in another world for two hours.” Mariss Jansons

“it's always a pleasure to hear warm Concertgebouw horns in noble ensemble, and the woodwind do beautiful things with the second of the heavenly visions in the [first] movement...Bernarda Fink is the model of feeling gravitas.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ****

“[Jansons] give it urgency, propulsion and tautness of form...Bernarda Fink is outstanding in the "Urlicht", where an aching first oboe sounds almost like a mystical overtone of her voice...With Jansons the cataclysms have real clarity - you can hear what's going on without compromising the sense of spontaneous combustion.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

“The Royal Concertgebouw proves once again what a consummate body it can be when thoroughly engaged. Orchestral playing is immaculately voiced, the soundscape superbly balanced, the work's shape presented in one sweeping arc and steered like a freshly polished, custom-built limousine.” International Record Review, March 2011

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RCO Live Mariss Jansons Mahler Symphonies - RCO10102

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Recorded live in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center on November 20, 21, 22 and 25, 2008


24-page booklet, notes and biographies in English, French, German

CSO principal conductor Bernard Haitink leads a moving and noble performance of Mahler's immense Second Symphony, continuing his and the orchestra's successful exploration of Mahler's symphonies. The legendary CSO brass are at their finest, with stellar solos and ensemble playing from the woodwinds, strings and percussion.The Chicago Symphony Chorus sounds glorious in Mahler's triumphant finale, singing with sumptuous sound and immaculate diction. A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras.

“…a scrupulously prepared mainstream reading that only hardened sceptics will dismiss as merely stolid. …Haitink's Urlicht is notable for the way Christianne Stotijn's rich mezzo is integrated within a silky orchestral texture. The finale is firm and objective, the distancing of offstage brass nicely calibrated and the first choral entry exquisitely hushed...” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

“Portamento strings and raw yet refined brass timbre, especially, create vivid intensity. The fine soloists and beautifully blended, almost transcendentally pianissimo chorus are a bonus.” The Observer, 13th December 2009

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Sibylla Rubens (soprano), Iris Vermillion (mezzo)

MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Sir Roger Norrington

This is the fourth in the Hanssler series of live recordings of the Mahler symphonies, and in it they try as hard as ever to recreate the sound world which Mahler might have expected. Of course the most striking features of this strategy are the 'German seating' (with violins opposite each other and basses across the back of the orchestra) and the 'Pure Tone' normal with all orchestras until the 1920s. Pure tone offers unanimity of sound, transparency, telling harmonies and the possibility of far more engaged phrasing and dynamics.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


The Michael Tilson Thomas-San Francisco Symphony Mahler cycle achieved legendary status almost immediately upon its inauguration in 2002. It has amassed acres of critical acclaim and numerous international awards. Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” was recorded live in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall in June 2004. It is a performance that illuminates the deeply serious and sweetly innocent, music that conjures visions of apocalypse and heaven, thrilling right up to the finale. Joining MTT and SFS are the Grammy-winning SFS Chorus, the young Canadian-Armenian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, and the noble mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

"more than matches the award-winning quality of past releases in the series." (Music Week)

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Avie - 82193600062

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