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Sacd Symphony No. 2 “resurrect Hybrid SACD

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Product Details

  • Performer: Mahler
  • Composer: Mahler
  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Del
  • ASIN: B00004TVJK
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Mahler - Mahler, Gustav

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b4e0054) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9c571348) out of 5 stars Great Music, Great Recording ... VERY Bad Packaging Feb. 19 2002
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...
HASH(0x9b8e05d0) out of 5 stars A spectacular 'Resurrection' from Dallas. Feb. 23 2016
By Poincare - Published on Amazon.com
Andrew Litton's Dallas recording, released in the superb SACD format, grows on me each time I give it a spin. What's so fascinating is that Litton paces all five movements at deliberately flexible tempos to make the symphony that oftentimes come across as 'monotonic' sound more diversified and less single-faced. For example, Litton's tempo shifts in the passage leading to and at the climax of the Funeral March (I.) are so convincingly and deliciously done that I wish he had differentiated them even more! The same holds true of the Andante movt. (II.) where he knowingly holds the main speed on a slower side but in the interlude sections returns to the normal speed. There are scarcely no hints of self-indulgence or inconsistency here, making the listener always alert with his ears wide open.

Otherwise, Litton's interpretation of Mahler's grandiose composition strikes me as 'hugely romantic with big gestures'. As with his Shostakovich, Litton is never in shortage of expressions and emotions, all of which fit really well with Mahler's temperament.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays for the conductor exceptionally well while the Delos recording team did themselves proud offering the gorgeous sound in the latest audio technology, 'Virtual Reality'. The two soloists, Heidi Grant Murphy and Petra Lang sing beautifully in the grand Finale as does the Dallas Symphony Chorus. In fact, it might be one of the beat sung 'Resurrection' symphonies out there.

Two thumbs up.
HASH(0x9b54ec0c) out of 5 stars It's not my favorite, but it is better than many another Mahler Second. May 7 2015
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.