Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Benjamin Zander has been a prominent proponent of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler since the mid-1990s, and he has been consistently praised for his insightful interpretations and his erudite discussions of the works, which were included as bonus discs with his Telarc recordings. Zander has recorded Mahler's "Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection," on Linn Records, which offers a discussion at its web site as a free download, though listeners who find there's only the music in this package shouldn't feel deprived. From the outset, it's clear Zander has something important to say, and his phrases, dynamics, articulation, and handling of the orchestral balances are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Benjamin Zander has been a prominent proponent of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler since the mid-1990s, and he has been consistently praised for his insightful interpretations and his erudite discussions of the works, which were included as bonus discs with his Telarc recordings. Zander has recorded Mahler's "Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection," on Linn Records, which offers a discussion at its web site as a free download, though listeners who find there's only the music in this package shouldn't feel deprived. From the outset, it's clear Zander has something important to say, and his phrases, dynamics, articulation, and handling of the orchestral balances are immediately noticeable and distinctive. Fans of Zander's approach to historically informed performance practice will appreciate the authentic touches and economy of his interpretation, and the efficient playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra shows the rapport Zander clearly had with his musicians. The particulars of the score are clearly evident in the playing, often with unexpected nuances and delightful shifts of color that are what Mahler intended. Such attention to details isn't myopic, though, because Zander has a definite trajectory in mind, and he controls the symphony's impetus with great care. This 2013 super audio release ranks highly among contemporary recordings of the "Resurrection," and is definitely one of the best of 2013.
All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Benjamin Zander rose to international prominence in the 2000s, almost entirely on the strength of his exemplary recordings of Gustav Mahler's symphonies, which have been widely admired and emulated. Not only did Zander carefully research the background of the symphonies to develop a sense of what Mahler's music sounded like in his time, he also gave invigorating and inspired performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra that were accompanied by entertaining discussions of the works in detail. Most of the cycle was released on Telarc, but Zander withheld his 2009 recording of the "Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection," which disappointed him; he waited until 2012 to record a more satisfactory version on Linn Records. The symphony has been issued here in standard CD and hybrid SACD formats, with the music presented on two discs and the conductor's eloquent commentary with musical examples on the third, so listeners are advised to find ample time to appreciate both. From the outset, it's clear Zander has something important to say musically, and his phrases, dynamics, articulation, and handling of the orchestral balances are immediately noticeable and distinctive. Fans of Zander's approach to historically informed performance practice will appreciate the authentic touches and economy of his interpretation, and the efficient playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra shows the rapport Zander clearly had with his musicians. The particulars of the score are clearly evident in the playing, often with unexpected nuances and delightful shifts of color. Such attention to details isn't myopic, though, because Zander has a definite trajectory in mind, and he controls the symphony's impetus and pacing with great care. Because the performance is thoroughly engrossing and emotionally draining, thanks to Zander's intensely passionate interpretation and the Philharmonia's committed playing, hearing it in one sitting is the best way to take in the full effect of the score, and to grasp Mahler's "emotional counterpoint," which Zander describes in his remarks. This powerful recording of the "Resurrection" is highly recommended for all who are interested in Mahler, but most especially for newcomers who will benefit from Zander's profound erudition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Linn Records
  • UPC: 691062045223
  • Catalog Number: 452
  • Sales rank: 89,688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") - Gustav Mahler & Gustav Mahler (90:20)
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Album Credits

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Benjamin Zander Primary Artist
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