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Symphony No. 2 Resurrection

Mahler Audio CD
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1. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Allegro Maestoso: Mit Durchaus Ernstem Und Feierlichem Ausdruck - G. Mahler
2. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Allegro Maestoso: Sehr Massig Und Zuruckhaltend - G. Mahler
3. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Allegro Maestoso: Schnell - G. Mahler
4. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Allegro Maestoso: Tempo I - G. Mahler
5. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Allegro Maestoso: Tempo Sostenuto - G. Mahler
6. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Andante Moderato: Sehr Gemachlich
7. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Andante Moderato: Nicht Eilen. Sehr Gemachlich
8. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Andante Moderato: In Tempo l. Zuruckkehren
9. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Andante Moderato: Energisch Bewegt
10. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Andante Moderato: Wieder In's Tempo Zuruckgehen. Tempo l
11. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - (Scherzo) In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung: In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung
12. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - (Scherzo) In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung: Sehr Getragen Und Gesangvoll
13. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - (Scherzo) In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung: Zum Tempo l. Zuruckkehren
14. 'Urlicht' Sehr Feierlich, Aber Schlicht 'O Roschen Roth' - Alto Soprano
15. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Im Tempo Des Scherzo: Im Tempo Des Scherzo's. Wild Herausfahrend
16. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Im Tempo Des Scherzo: Langsam
17. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor,'Resurrection' - Im Tempo Des Scherzo: Im Anfang Sehr Zuruckgehalten
18. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Im Tempo Des Scherzo: Wieder Sehr Breit
19. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Im Tempo Des Scherzo: Molto Ritenuto. Maestoso
20. Symphony No. 2 In C Minor,'Resurrection' -Im Tempo Des Scherzo: Wieder Zuruckhaltend
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This is a very fine, marvellously recorded "Resurrection" symphony with bags to commend it, even if it fails quite to match market-leaders such asRattle and Haitink. This massive musical essay on life and death, love and redemption lends itself well to the idea of being recorded in concert, but this performance is a strange phenomenon. Yes, it was recorded live (in Dallas)--but on no fewer than four successive days and then pieced together into the finished item. The result is in fact more akin to an immaculately prepared studio recording--there is not quite the evidence of the type of risk-taking you would expect in front of a live audience and which can make or break a Mahler performance. There are thrilling, gripping and tenderly touching moments, but many will miss here and there the pointing-up of the manic, melancholic, melodramatic sides to Mahler. At times Litton's control and breadth work well but elsewhere they seem a hindrance. Still, this is a substantial achievement, blessed with spacious and yet detailed sound that is as impressive as the sleeve note on the so-called "virtual reality recording" process suggests. --Andrew Green

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Symphonie n°2 "Résurrection" pour soprano, contralto, chœur et orchestre / Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano - Petra Lang, mezzo-soprano - Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, dir. Andrew Litton

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3.0 out of 5 stars misses in recording Feb. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was supposed to be a new standard in recording but apart from the near perfect recording of the orchestra the chorus recording (on my CD) is disastrous. If I had known that I would never have bought it and would have waited for the Chailly recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings I've ever heard Sept. 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have so many Mahler CDs I'm embarrassed to give an estimate. I probably have ten recordings of the 2nd Symphony alone. It was the first Mahler I ever heard, back when I was 16 and was the first kid on my block to get the Walter recording in 1955. I've been in love with the composer ever since. Anyhow, I know this symphony better than the back of my hand and I can tell you that this is an outstanding performance and I was amazed at the quality of the playing of the Dallas Symphony which I don't think I'd ever heard before. The performance is not uniformly satisfactory. The first movement is not as exciting as a half dozen other recordings I have. However, the last movement is as GOOD as any performance I've ever heard. But the performance, as good as it is, is not the main reason I would recommend this recording. The principal distinction of this recording is the recording itself. It is the most luminous recording I can recall ever hearing, regardless of the work. It has an extraordinary dynamic range and every note is crystal clear and pure, from ppp to fff. It is truly astonishing! Don't miss this one, even if you have other recordings of the Mahler 2nd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, moving performance! Sept. 28 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There are many fine recordings of this symphony available, but none have the realistic sonics this one has. The orchestra plays beautifully and with a dark, rich, mahlerian sound. A marvelous and very moving performance overall. Don't hesitate to grab this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most complete emotional genius ever in music July 16 1999
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I heard this symphony with this orchestra performed live, and looked everywhere for a copy of the performance. I have never been so enthralled by a piece of music or had my emotions so twisted around by a composer (and I am a musicain myself). Highly recommended, though not for the light-hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, amazing recording Aug. 4 2005
By daydreamnation - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the better recent Mahler 2nd performances, I like it a lot more than Tilson Thomas' version, for example. The The Dallas orchestra and chorus are both amazing, and Andrew Litton has a great conception of the symphony. Tempos are on the slower side, more Bernstein than Klemperer, but not overly so (Tilson Thomas is way too slow). The final movement in particular is incredibly played and sung, with powerful organ and percussion at the end.

I have to say that this by far the most realistic, best sounding Mahler 2nd CD that I've heard. I heard it performed in Carnegie Hall and this comes the closest to that sound. It seems Litton is an audiophile and tried to make sure the engineers captured what he was hearing.

The Mehta/Vienna from 1975 is still my favorite performance overall, but its recorded sound absolutely pales in comparison to this monster. Play it real loud!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings I've ever heard Sept. 17 2001
By Frank Paris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have so many Mahler CDs I'm embarrassed to give an estimate. I probably have ten recordings of the 2nd Symphony alone. It was the first Mahler I ever heard, back when I was 16 and was the first kid on my block to get the Walter recording in 1955. I've been in love with the composer ever since. Anyhow, I know this symphony better than the back of my hand and I can tell you that this is an outstanding performance and I was amazed at the quality of the playing of the Dallas Symphony which I don't think I'd ever heard before. The performance is not uniformly satisfactory. The first movement is not as exciting as a half dozen other recordings I have. However, the last movement is as GOOD as any performance I've ever heard. But the performance, as good as it is, is not the main reason I would recommend this recording. The principal distinction of this recording is the recording itself. It is the most luminous recording I can recall ever hearing, regardless of the work. It has an extraordinary dynamic range and every note is crystal clear and pure, from ppp to fff. It is truly astonishing! Don't miss this one, even if you have other recordings of the Mahler 2nd.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful reading of large proportioned Mahler Jan. 12 2006
By Brett A. Kniess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the success of his 50+ minute Symphony No. 1, subtitled Titan, Gustav Mahler expanded the parameters and composed his Symphony No. 2, subtitled Resurrection. Scored for large orchestra, including 4 piccolos, 10 horns, 8 trombones, off-stage ensemble, organ, two female soloists, and chorus, the proportions are immense.

In five movements, this CD times out at just under 83 minutes, the first and last movements being the longest. The opening movement, 23 minutes in length, often has an intermission after it. It opens with a slow and slightly menacing march. Mahler goes back and forth between the minor march and a calmer, more pastoral feel, one which Mahler is always at home with. He increases intensity and increases the beautiful calm after each climax; it ends in a scalular flourish. The second and third movements both time in at just over 10 minutes each. The former, is a stately dance, one which seems overly proper. Litton occasionally stretches the third beat, giving it an almost Viennese quality. Each time, the main theme is interrupted by a contrasting mood, but every time the main theme comes back, sometimes in pizzicato, sometimes having difficulty starting back up. The third movement is also in  time, but with a scherzo feel (it almost sounds like Josef Suk's Fantastic Scherzo). The melody and harmony have a Slavic sound, especially when the clarinet states the melody. The col legno strings give a fantastical image, but the burbling and pastoral sections give great warmth. The melodies are exceedingly charming. The folksy sound elicited is nearly tongue-in-cheek, but certainly masterful. Excitement mounts as the horn and trumpet fanfares invade, but eventually, the movement seeps into a sumptuous, almost jazzy calm, before the opening scherzo ends the movement. The fourth and fifth movements both use the elements of voice (Mahler also uses voice in his next two symphonies as well). The fourth movement is for solo alto, and the melodic/harmonic material is borrowed from his Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Petra Lang is beautiful in the lyrical first section, and a bit more forthright in the second half. It is the shortest movement at just under 5 minutes. The 33-minute final movement is a magnum opus unto itself. A movement of great virtuosity, of particular note is the off-stage ensemble, the haunting brass chorale with contrabassoon, the heroic rising melody, and of course the use of organ and voice. Twenty minutes into the last movement, all instruments cease to play as a hushed chorus (marked mysterious) enters. Extremely low register bass singers, a soprano and alto duet, and a dramatic choral reading are all points of interest. A grand paean of joy ends the entire work.

This is my first introduction to Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; they are truly showing themselves to be a first-class ensemble. The brass (a feature in all Mahler) are exceptional (Litton gets an extremely mellow sound), the soloists are exquisite (perhaps my favorite of any Mahler 2), and the chorus is also of fine quality. The Virtual Reality sound on the Delos label is superb; it really makes the ensemble speak as it would in a hall, but instruments like the harp, carry in the recording also. Litton follows Mahler's score faithfully, dynamic and tempo markings are followed judiciously, and the ensemble responds with passion; Litton gives us the true dynamic markings; when pppp is called for (instruments and chorus), that is what he gets; he is also in no hurry, and lets the music speak on its own. The recording does not displace classic interpretations, but it certainly has attained common stature with faithful interpretations. A good choice.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most complete emotional genius ever in music July 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard this symphony with this orchestra performed live, and looked everywhere for a copy of the performance. I have never been so enthralled by a piece of music or had my emotions so twisted around by a composer (and I am a musicain myself). Highly recommended, though not for the light-hearted.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning recording, powerful performance Dec 29 2006
By Music maven - Published on Amazon.com
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I've heard the other Litton/DSO recordings in this series, and while the recording quality has been good throughout, the performances have struck me as a little middle-of-the-road. Based on that experience I had not expected much of this one. What a wonderful surprise this CD was! The final movement, particularly, is phenomenal. The first time I listened to it, on headphones in a record store, I had goosebumps over my entire body and tears helplessly streaming down my face--which would have been embarrassing in such a public setting, had I not been too completely carried away by the music to think about anybody else's opinion.

Litton treats this final movement with a more reverential touch than most conductors--who tend to approach it as typical Sturm und Drang German music, even in the quiet sections. Litton's approach reminds us that this is a deeply spiritual composition, perhaps the most profoundly spiritual music ever written. It's mighty climax should inspire awe, not fear; transcendence, not military triumph. Litton's slower-than-usual tempos do not dampen the proceedings; rather, they add to the sense of majesty that is the point of the piece. The dynamic swings, both in terms of volume and feeling, are tremendous, and they shift very quickly, yet never seem out of control. The power of the last three or four minutes is utterly remarkable--the most shattering experience I think I've ever had listening to music. The musicians play with real feeling, and the chorus sings like their lives depend on it (which is exactly approapriate for this work).

The recording is a technical wonder in its own right. Every instrument is distinct, making the various lines much easier to follow, yet all these parts are tied together in a cohesive whole. The timbre is perfect, too, top to bottom. The chorus is smooth as butter and the strings are sweet and full-bodied. There is no hard edge anywhere--and listening to this recording will make you realize how nasty most CDs are--yet the whole thing is marvelously clear. Delos makes much of the spacial qualities of the recording, which are definitely impressive, but the real star of the show in my opinion is the quality of the instruments and voices.

If you love this symphony, this version will be a very worthwhile addition to your collection, and if you've never heard it, this is fine place to start. But be prepared: You'll need the biggest and best stereo you can find, wait until your family and neighbors aren't home, then turn it up to lease-breaking volume and keep a box of tissues next to your chair.
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