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By John L. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Be very careful when ordering this SACD of Andrew Litton and DSO's recording of Mahler's Symphony #2, Resurrection ... very careful. No the actual DSD recording is top rate from Delos, but it is with the packaging that I have a major qualm. On the Delos Web site, this product is clearly listed as a two-disc package that, in the SACD format...It's a great bargain here on Amazon.com...the price of a one-disc set. But therein lies the rub. When the package arrived and I opened the jewel box, out fell Disc 1 which had just been placed atop Disc 2 -- there was only a holder for one disc!!! Everything I've read and heard about care and handling of CDs over the last 20 years is NEVER, EVER stack one disc atop another. Fortunately, as I write this, I'm listening to Disc1 and there appears to be no damage. Again, the problem is NOT with the music -- it's wonderful, but Delos made a mistake in the packaging... Because of that, there's a danger that the consumer...
By S. Baird - Published on Amazon.com
I was surprised to see that this very early SACD release didn't have very many reviews, but the recording is faced with having many other famous reissues released in the format — the Mehta/Vienna and Bernstein/NYPO come to mind — a number of new releases from other contemporary conductors as well. Despite all of this, I'd rank Litton's performance with the Dallas Symphony among my four or five favorite recorded performances in the digital medium. No, it's not quite the orchestral powerhouse of either the Vienna or NYPO recordings I mentioned above, but the real positive here is that Litton performs so magnificently with what some might consider a second rate orchestra. I don't quite see it that way at all, and, in fact, even found the vocal segments to surpass a few of the more highly favored recordings. My favorite pairing for the vocalists is the Cortubas/Ludwig which appears on the 1974 Mehta/Vienna recording for Decca, but the vocal collective on this Litton reading is actually quite superb. Get one of these before they become completely impossible to find.