Mahler: Symphonie No. 2by 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 (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.
- Release Date:
- Deutsche Grammophon
- Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")
Performance CreditsLeonard Bernstein Conductor,Primary Artist
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