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Mahler: Symphonie No. 2
     

Mahler: Symphonie No. 2

by Leonard Bernstein
 
"My time will come!" Gustav Mahler prophesied. It sure has. Today, Mahler's symphonies are among the most popular works in the entire orchestral repertory. But it's not hard to understand why the composer's contemporaries were utterly confounded by his music. With their sprawling structures, jarring mood swings, and their incorporation of vernacular musical styles

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"My time will come!" Gustav Mahler prophesied. It sure has. Today, Mahler's symphonies are among the most popular works in the entire orchestral repertory. But it's not hard to understand why the composer's contemporaries were utterly confounded by his music. With their sprawling structures, jarring mood swings, and their incorporation of vernacular musical styles (military marches, sentimental dances, folklike tunes and quasi-religious chorales, for example), they challenged the established form. Yet Mahler's almost neurotic, always searching music resonates strongly with modern audiences. The Second Symphony is a vast spiritual journey, full of angst-ridden questioning, brightened by gorgeous glimmers of hope, and ending, ultimately, in a transcendent, earth-shaking, life-affirming blaze of brass. Leonard Bernstein was perhaps Mahler's most fervent apostle, and if his performances are sometimes over-the-top (and this one certainly is), Mahler's music demands such overwhelming commitment and intensity.

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Gramophone
The New York Philharmonic always give of their best for this conductor. Wind playing throughout is beautifully finished and stylish... In the first movement the horns and violins provide a moment of pure Mahlerian ecstasy while in the finale, when the theme mounts up from the cellos into the violas, the playing is of seraphic beauty... Another outstanding achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028942339521
catalogNumber:
423395
Rank:
16483

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  1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")

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