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Riccardo Chailly & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra: Mahler 2 (2011)

Berliner Rundfunkchor , Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig , Henning Kasten  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Berliner Rundfunkchor, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, GewandhausChor, MDR Rundfunkchor, Riccardo Chailly
  • Directors: Henning Kasten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HK8KWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Interpretatively speaking, Chailly's Resurrection is unashamedly mainstream, more straightforward than Bernstein's, sunnier and more muscular than Abbado's, with forthright contributions from harp and percussion... the excellent Sarah Connolly provides a lovely, intimate reading of the 'Urlicht' and there is no lack of tension as the epic finale crashes in... Strongly recommended. --Gramophone, David Gutman, December 2011



...you will not find another recording of Symphony of a Thousand with soloists superior to those heard here. And the performances are outstanding in every way - brilliant orchestral playing under Chailly's benevolent leadership, and expert choruses. If you love Mahler's music you must get these videos. Camera work is just about perfect...Audio is excellent, rich and wide in dynamic range, and well-balanced. Don't miss these! --ClassicalCDReview.com, Robert Benson, November 2011

Product Description

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and their Music Director Riccardo Chailly have already acquired legendary status glorious reviews and many awards for their recordings testifying to their continuing success. At Leipzigs International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahlers death, they performed his monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus together with two marvellous soloists and choral forces quite beyond compare. About the final movement the composer said: The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I dont know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it. The painting ""Morgenrot"" was chosen by internationally acclaimed artist Neo Rauch to feature on the cover of this release on DVD and Blu-ray.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Mahler 2 September 30, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Five stars seem hardly enough to rate the technical qualities of this disc. The picture quality is as sharp and clear as you could wish, but it is the phenomenal sound which almost beggars description. This is demonstration quality sound par excellence - a valuable plus point in a recording of this work. Abbado's 2003 Lucerne performance sounds spectacular, and still holds its own sonically against its rivals, but the improvements in recording technology over the intervening period have been exploited to astonishing effect on this disc.
But what of the performance itself?
Chailly uses a larger choir than Abbado, and the choral singing is as good as on the Abbado disc, but whereas Chailly's choir look like any choir one might see at a concert, Abbado's singers are dressed in monk-like robes and are more rigid and austere in their movements, adding to the almost religious feel of his performance.
The soloists on the Chailly disc adopt a more dramatic style than those on the Abbado disc, which suits Chailly's dramatic interpretation. In contrast, Abbado's soloists are more ethereal, stressing beauty over drama. For example, at the end of the first and second verses of the Aufersteh'n hymn, the voice of Abbado's soprano (Eteri Gvazava) soars effortlessly out of the choral background, whereas Christiane Oeize's entrance on the Chailly disc is much more evident and emphatic.
Chailly pauses (and moves off the podium) at the end of the first movement, in line with Mahler's instructions - it is at this point that the two soloists come onstage.
In the first three movements there is little to chose between Chailly and Abbado. Sarah Connolly(Chailly) and Anna Larsson (Abbado) are both good in the brief "Urlicht" movement, Larsson adopting a slightly more tender delivery.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! October 3, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
From the opening bars this performance grabs one by the throat and never lets go. Abbado set new standards with his magnificent Blu-ray set of 1-7, (not the 9th unfortunately), but this is even better. The quality of the camera work, the colour balance, the overall artistic design and an outstanding performance make this a very special disc. I rate it the best orchestral Blu-ray disc in my quite large collection. Abbado is wonderful too and the performace differences are small and personal, but the production design and recording team have made greater strides with this recording. Magnificent. The individual instrument camera work is brilliant. I did not care for the paper pack which I suspect will not last that long but that is a minor quibble.

There are trailers for other works notably the nuclear-powered 8th if that is to your taste, (not mine I must confess), and it would appear to be just as good based on the 4 minute sample. My only regret is that with Abbado's splendid set on release how much nicer it would have been to have had say Shostakovitch's 4th or perhaps Schoenberg's Gürrelieder, works that would respond so well to performance standards like this. No need to hesitate if you do not have the Abbado and even if you do this is hard to resist!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets - Bravo! October 17, 2011
By ReubenR
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I just finished listening to this performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony and I can't wipe the smile off my face! Not only is the Blu-ray fidelity absolutely perfect, but the video quality and tastefully well-informed camera angles/close-ups are icing on the cake.

The surround sound is glorious, faithfully reproducing the acoustics of the performance hall. The audio is crystal clear; I didn't miss a single note.

The *only* thing I would have done differently would have been to emphasize the final movement's off-stage ensembles in the rear surround speakers to make full use of the technology (although some might argue that would be a "gimmick" that could distract the listener since it wouldn't represent how those off-stage ensembles actually sounded in the concert hall). But that's not a criticism of how the off-stage ensembles are heard in this recording; rather, it's just a personal preference I've always wanted to hear in a Mahler's 2nd recording. Oh, well :)

Everything about this presentation is classy and in service to the music. And what music it is! I grew up with the Gilbert Kaplan recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, and have never found its equal. While I still prefer Kaplan's interpretation (and could only dream of his version being presented with the fidelity and dynamic range of this Blu-ray), Chailly's glorious performance on this disc is still breathtaking.

Note that some consider Kaplan's version(s) to be too academic and not musical enough. But since his was my first Mahler 2nd, Kaplan's was the one imprinted on my brain for better or worse. Happily, Chailly's tempos are very close to Kaplan's, so listening to this recording was like visiting an old friend who got better with age.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an experience to carry you to heaven September 30, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a live Blu-ray recording (DTS HD DTS Digital Surround PCM Stereo) of a May, 2011 performance of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, conducted by Richardo Chailly, feturing soprano Christiane Oelze and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.

It is beautifully photographed, with the cameras and editors showing a superb understanding of being in-close on the right instruments at the right time. It's a great way to see where what you're hearing is coming from. And the sound in this performance is as beautifully recorded as the images!

All sections of the orchestral parts are excellently done. The timpani sounds are incredibly good, both when loud and soft, they are dramatically impressive. Rarely will you hear the harps so clearly! Yes, in the Urlicht, the trumpets are muted with cloth covers over the bells.

Early in the 3rd movement, the "St. Antonius von Padua preaching to the fish," we get an excellent opportunity to see the rutes in action--and you can hear them in this recording far better than in any others I've heard.

Chailly is alert, "alive," and totally involved throughout the entire performance.

In the Urlicht, Sarah Connolly sings passionately, with each syllable perfectly timed and precisely articulated. I wouldn't change a note!

In the final movement, at the "Unsterblich Leben, wird, der dich rief dir geben," the soprano, Christiane Oelze is right on with every note, sung with expressiveness, without falling prey to the excessive vibrato that sometimes is noted at this point. If you are a Mahlerian, I don't think you can hear her "und sammelt Garben uns ein--die starben" without tears filling your eyes--and your soul. That's what Mahler, done well, does to many of us. It's an experience to carry you to heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You May Weep......
I am an audiophile first, a classical music lover second.

Is this the finest interpretation of Mahler's Second ever, probably not..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by LondonLover
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine alternative to Abbado and equally revelatory
I bought this as a second, and alternative, Blu-ray version having already got the re-processed Abbado version which is excellent in every way now that the earlier sound problems... Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by I. Giles
1.0 out of 5 stars Mahler 2nd on blue ray
I could not play the Mahler 2 on either of two players. Both would not play the video when I clicked on "play progam. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by Bruce Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be seen to be heard
I have to admit that I am rediscovering the greatest classical performances on Blu-ray or newer DTS. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by sergei kochkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Intermittently Great
The opening phrases are rushed. Chailly sometimes rams up the turbo when we really just needed to shift into first gear. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by trastevere
4.0 out of 5 stars Mahler's great leap forward
If Amazon ran the rest of its business the way it runs its reviews, the company would be in bankruptcy protection by now. Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by David M. Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising to the Level of the Indispensable
All of a sudden, in this centennial year of the death of Mahler, there are now four Mahler Seconds on Blu-Ray. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Joseph L. Ponessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound and video
We have been fortunate in excellent Mahler 2's, although Abbado is the sole Bluray competition for this disc. Boulez has a wonderful dvd only release. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Clive S. Goodwin
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