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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Tilling, Paasikivi. Paavo Järvi, Frankfurt Radio SO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This C Major 2DVD/1Blu-ray disc release of Gustav Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 initiates a complete Mahler cycle project with Paavo Ja¨rvi conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra well-regarded for their Mahler recordings, as witnessed by its highly successful cycle on CD under conductor Eliahu Inbal some thirty years ago. As an enlivening bonus feature, each symphony in this new cycle will feature an explanatory, in-depth introduction by Mr. Ja¨rvi. “Mahler’s 2nd was given a brilliant interpretation by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.” (Die Zeit)

The release of Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 starts the release the complete Mahler cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Each Symphony features a 10 minute introduction by Paavo Järvi.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 169 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese


Mahler Symphonies 1 and 2 Paavo Jarvi DVD Unitel 718008
The Estonian/American conductor Paavo Jarvi (one son of the world-famous conductor Neeme Jarvi) is rapidly making a name for himself as an interpreter of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. This new 2-disc DVD from Unitel Classica features Symphonies 1 and 2 [filmed in high definition (HD)], and both DVDs make a point of stating "The Mahler Symphonies," which implies that he intends to conduct the complete cycle. The first Symphony was recorded in the Kurhaus Wiesbaden on August 23, 2012. Those with computers can view this performance (as of February 8, 2015) on the web with a separate URL for each movement. The second Symphony was recorded in Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) on June 26 and 27, 2010. Only the finale (fifth movement) of this performance is available (as of February 8, 2015) on the web, and the video looks totally "washed out," which largely negates the whole point of HD.
Overall I rate Paavo Jarvi's interpretations as excellent. He is especially sensitive in the second Symphony to the acoustics of Eberbach Abbey, which has a long reverberation time. A good example of this is the opening timpani phrase at the start of the third movement; Jarvi paces it beautifully so that nothing is lost. The Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling and the Finnish mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi both sing superbly, and the enjoyment of both symphonies is greatly enhanced by the all-too-infrequently unsung heroes of all excellent video films - the camera crew members, who clearly know the compositions well.
My only criticism of this 2-disc set is that the program notes are much too brief. Major productions like this absolutely demand more comprehensive notes to inform viewers about these symphonies. Viewers who know little about these works will learn very little from the single page of text enclosed. Please, Unitel, provide much more comprehensive notes for future DVDs of classical compositions, especially the symphonies of Mahler!
Conclusion: inadequate program notes spoil an otherwise excellent production. If this doesn't bother you and you're a Mahler-lover, buy the set!
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 02/08/15 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1888
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
  • Performers: Lilli Paasikivi; Camilla Tilling
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888/1896
  • Studio/Live: Live