Notes & Reviews:
At Leipzig's International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahler's death, the world's oldest concert orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, performed Mahler's monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus. Written with incredible solos and choral forces quite beyond compare, Mahler said of the final movement: "The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I don't know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it."
The present DVDs preserve the opening and closing nights of the Leipzig's high-powered, multi-orchestra International Mahler Festival held last May. ... the clarity, range and depth of sound, allied to the exceptional quality of the singing and playing, are certain to impress.
Recorded live ... with visuals sensitively directed by Michael Beyer, the DVD is a monument to remembrance and to the difficult and still-in-progress resurrection of the area where the World Trade Center towers once stood. This is one of those performances whose occasion clearly lent grandeur and intensity to the musicians: the famously fractious New York Philharmonic plays glowingly, and the soloists and chorus sing with warmth and intensity in a reading that perhaps places overmuch emphasis on the choral portions of the finale but that does so in a very worthy cause. Scarcely a Christmas recording, yet oddly right for the season, Gilbert's performance of Mahler's Second is quite worthy in itself, and even more so in the context of a season that bears within it ... as winter always does with relation to spring ... the promise of new life to come.
... 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!
BBC Radio 3
beautifully filmed with lots of wonderful touches
the bright tone of the strings, the slightly dry timbre of the brass and the delicacy of the woodwinds all illuminate this 'Resurrection' Symphony. The listener is struck by the precision of his gestures, the force of his intentions and the passion with which this splendid orchestra follows its principal conductor.
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
- Performers: Christiane Oelze (Soprano); Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
- Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1888/1896