Notes & Reviews:
"intensely moving... " The New York Times
On September 10, 2011, The New York Philharmonic presented A Concert for New York, a free performance led by Music Director Alan Gilbert of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, given in remembrance and renewal on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The performance was telecast in the US on Sunday, September 11, 2011, on PBS's Great Performances, as well as around the world. This musical tribute is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
"Mahler's Second Symphony, Resurrection, powerfully and profoundly explores the range of emotions provoked by the memories of 9/11," said Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. "This great masterpiece has a very special place in the history and psyche of the New York Philharmonic, but its message of renewal and rebirth is universal. We offer it as a tribute to those lost ten years ago."
"Mr. Gilbert drew gripping playing from the Philharmonic in the opening Allegro maestoso, which hovers between a fitful funeral march and an elaborate sonata-allegro movement... Mr. Gilbert is especially good at revealing the layout and structure of a symphonic movement. He made the direction of phrases (what leads to what) in this episodic Allegro uncommonly clear. By conducting with some restraint he brought out the music’s gravity and better prepared the shift of mood for the violins’ gently rising second theme, which they played with shimmering yet focused tone. And when the music turned cataclysmic, in the deafening buildup before the recapitulation, the playing had all the raw, crackling sound any diehard Mahlerite could want." -The New York Times
Michelle DeYoung's lustrous Wagnerian instrument makes an undoubted impact in the 'Urlicht'... Gilbert follows that with a finale of extreme contrasts and genuine passion. No one is likely to feel short-changed by the time we reach the ecstatic close. The band itself contributes a certain pathos and a weight of tone that Chailly cannot muster in Leipzig... Dorothea R÷schmann's heartfelt contribution is another definite plus... The chorus... is determined to give of its best.
Music Media Monthly
This is a captivating and emotional performance of Mahler's mammoth "Resurrection" Symphony... Whether stately, furious, delicate, mysterious, or mad, Gilbert plays whatever character is required of him with confidence and grace. The ensembles, too, have lots of bite and lots of tenderness. The group manages to make the performance intensely personal, and by the end, I felt like a bonafide New Yorker. Recommended.
Gilbert continues to impress, and this is a dedicated performance by all concerned. ... it was a thrilling memorable concert in many ways and doubtless will attract many collectors.
Run Time: 96 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
- Performers: Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Alan Gilbert
- Ensemble: New York Choral Artists
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1888/1896