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

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: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese


Gorgeous and heart-felt performance of these two spectacular Mahler symphonies!
This DVD on the C Major label features the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Jarvi performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” and Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”. And my goodness, is it frighteningly clear that Mr. Jarvi understands the score and the intent behind it. This is freakishly well done, and these two gripping performances were a delight for this Mahler lover.

The two Symphonies are performed in order, and the first (“Titan”) certainly lives up to its nickname the way it is performed here. This is music making of the highest order, and it is clear from the very first note that the orchestra cares as much about bringing this music to life as the conductor does – and the full dynamic range of the Blu-Ray medium is utilized, as every important nuance is produced and captured. The 3rd movement is particularly captivating here (just as it is live – unbelievable what Mahler does with the material herein), and this orchestra and Mr. Jarvi bring forth every subtle emotional texture. I can’t say enough about how captivating this entire performance is.

And what about Symphony No. 2 (“Ressurection”), featuring Camilla Tilling (soprano) and Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano)? It brings back chilling memories from when I heard an amazing departing conductor for the Phoenix Symphony perform the work as his last concert before returning to his homeland due to what ended up being a terminal health condition. This work has *everything* contained within it – thoughts about life and death and suffering and striving – amazing choral work, stunning solo sections that show what a talented orchestra can do when they are completely committed to the music and the vision of the composer as interpreted by a talented conductor that knows and feels the intent of the composer. Words are insufficient to convey the emotional subtext of the listening experience captured here. This is glorious and unbelievable, and it brought tears to the eyes of this listener…as I remember seeing a man give everything he had to give as he conducted this piece, as his musicians give everything they could back to him that they possibly could.
It is rare to see an orchestra and conductor that are in sync to this degree, and that feel this deep of a connection to the music being performed. The liner notes are a bit sparse, but the music says everything that needs to be said. If you adore the work of Mahler as I do, or are open to experiencing what this genius has put to paper for other great men to interpret, then you need to see this DVD (preferably in Blu-Ray). Very Highly Recommended.

Submitted on 01/03/16 by KlingonOpera 
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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