Notes & Reviews:
In the penultimate recording of his Mahler cycle, Pierre Boulez takes on the Second Symphony "Resurrection," one of Mahler's biggest and most popular works. The sweeping, five-movement masterpiece is an epic musical and spiritual journey from death to life eternal, culminating in Mahler's inspiring vision of heavenly bliss. Boulez's Mahler interpretations, known for their uncompromising approach to the score, have long fascinated critics and audiences alike. Boulez eschews the romanticized readings common in performance tradition to reveal the raw joy and terror in Mahler's large-scale symphonies.
Financial Times - Larry L. Dash
'Boulez's Mahler is revelatory in its leanness: no frills, just the music . . . I was trembling by the end of the performance . . . This was not merely an evening's entertainment, but a life-changing experience for anyone who thought they knew their Mahler.'
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
- Performers: Christine Schäfer (Soprano); Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo-Soprano)
- Conductor: Pierre Boulez
- Ensemble: Vienna Singverein
- Running Time: 79 min. 55 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1888-1894