Notes & Reviews:
Boulez (b. 1925, France) is one of the most distinguished composers and conductors in the world today. With an uncompromising approach to the score, his Mahler readings have long fascinated critics and audiences alike. Boulez eschews the romanticized readings common in performance tradition and instead reveals the real joy and terror in Mahler's large-scale symphonies. Vocalists Damrau and Lang join forces with the Staaatskapelle Berlin and Staatsopernchor as the perfect ensemble to bring this gargantuan piece to life. This performance really does give a new perspective on a much-loved symphony.
Here Boulez is marginally better... Soprano Diana Damrau... is truly superb here and mezzo Petra Lang is as compelling as the quite excellent Sarah Connolly.
Now we have three new issues two of which are Blu Ray reissue (Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez). Abbado's with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra was recorded in 2003, first reviewed on this site by the late R.D. when issued on CD. The same recording was issued on DVD covered on this site in 200. Now the same performance is released yet again, but this time remastered for Blu Ray, and it has never sounded better. This same Blu Ray issue is included in the 4 disk Blu Ray set listed above where it is joined by Abbado's previously released recordings of symphonies 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, and surely this is the set to get even if you might already have several of the others. This is an incredible bargain - 4 Blu Ray disks at a bargain price. The set also includes two other works originally issued coupled with the symphonies, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Yuja Wang, and Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with Magdalena Kozena. ... the 4-disk set which surely is the better purchase.
Run Time: 89 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
- Performers: Diana Damrau (Soprano); Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Pierre Boulez
- Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1888/1896