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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 & Totenfeier Import
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This is a nice example of the care Chailly lavishes on realising detailed instructions in the score. Not an accent is missed anywhere, so it seems, nor, happily, a glissando: Chailly isn't afraid to let his strings play real slides, instead of those shamefaced wisps most conductors prefer. Another thing that constantly catches the ear is the audibility of all tones in a chord, and of single instrumental lines (bass clarinet and double bassoon come through splendidly).Read more ›
This new recording displays, again, the sumptuous sound of the orchestra, and Chailly's somewhat analytical, but passionate, way with the composer. A friend described Chailly's recent Mahler Eighth as closer to chamber music, and I suspect the same comment might apply here. Make no mistake: the grandeur of this most heavenly of Mahler symphonies is there, and the choral ending will take your breath away. But in the interim, especially the sarcastic middle movement, there is a transparency and intimacy that may be at odds with the prevailing view of what Mahler "should" sound like. For example, if you like Solti's propulsive Mahler, you probably won't enjoy Chailly's version, which is definitely more relaxed. To some degree, Chailly's slower tempi may reflect his recording venue; the sound decay in the Concertgebouw is longer than in some halls, so a more relaxed tempo pays dividends in avoiding smudging and blurring.
However, I also think Chailly wants us to hear every note in this remarkable score, and this clarity - again, something like being able to pinpoint the individual voices in a good string quartet - seems just right.
An outstanding version of this piece, although to repeat: it won't be for everyone.
This recording, a 2-CD set, pairs the composer's mammoth and frightening Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony (recorded in November 2001), with the symphonic tone poem "Totenfeier" (Funeral Rites) (recorded in January 1999) whose music would give rise to the terrifying opening movement of the symphony. Mahler takes a cue from his settings of "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" (or "The Youth's Magic Horn") to inject voices and chorus into the symphony's fourth movement "Urlicht" (or "Primeval Light"); and the Friedrich Klopstock ode "Aufersteh'n" (Resurrection), from which the symphony takes its nickname, and which serves as its triumphant finale in the blazing key of E Flat Major.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all, I really wanted to like this recording. Two reasons: 1. It's Mahler, and 2. It's the Concertgebouw. However, when I heard it, I was disappointed. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Jerimy Bass
I have nothing but respect for Maestro Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. However, this is a Resurrection that I was not entirely sold on. I shall explain. Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Spartro1
I've never had a problem with any item I bought from an AMAZON "2nd seller". Sometimes, there is no other game in town. Read morePublished on September 27, 2005 by Robert P. Krawczyk
There are conductors who approach Mahler's turbulent emotional world from the inside and others who approach it from the outside. Read morePublished on September 26, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
Chailly understands Mahler better than most conductors do and so does this orchestra.
Sound is at top level and singing is VERY good. Read more
Two of the first CDs I ever purchased were with Chailly conducting Bruckner's Seventh (RSO Berlin) and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony (Concertgebouw). Read morePublished on March 20, 2002
After reading Phil's review, I felt it necessary to completely refute it.
This is, by far, the most demonic and wild Mahler 2 yet recorded. The Concergebouw is at its peak. Read more