Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Totenfeier

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Totenfeier

by Riccardo Chailly
     
 
Riccardo Chailly began his traversal of Mahler's symphonies back in 1986 with a stunning recording of the unfinished Tenth (in Deryck Cooke's performing version). The series has not been without its share of controversy, particularly in his relentlessly grim interpretation of the Sixth (currently unavailable), and this performance of

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Riccardo Chailly began his traversal of Mahler's symphonies back in 1986 with a stunning recording of the unfinished Tenth (in Deryck Cooke's performing version). The series has not been without its share of controversy, particularly in his relentlessly grim interpretation of the Sixth (currently unavailable), and this performance of the Second is likely to raise eyebrows as well. The first movement is daringly slow, and although the quiet sections are exquisitely done, the climaxes seem purposely played down. The Andante moderato movement is sehr gemächlich (very comfortable), as Mahler requests, and quite charming, but again, the contrasting sections are not so sharply pointed as usual. The Scherzo is lyrical, too -- harking back to the song "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt" (St. Anthony's Sermon to the Fish) from Des Knaben Wunderhorn upon which the movement is based. What a shock, then, when the finale erupts with such vehement splendor. Chailly sticks to his slow pace throughout this long movement, building the tension steadily until the music burns with luminous intensity in the choral peroration. The effect is similar, perhaps, to Klemperer's account (EMI), as well as to Scherchen's even more expansive vision (due for reissue on Westminster). Those who favor the no-holds-barred style of Bernstein's version will be in for a shock, however. The Concertgebouw Orchestra plays magnificently, and they clearly have this music in their bones. Decca's sound quality is resonantly atmospheric, honestly reflecting the acoustics of Amsterdam's great concert hall. With a fine performance of the Totenfeier (Death Rites) -- an early, unpublished version of the symphony's first movement -- thrown in as a bonus, Chailly's recording can be recommended as a thought-provoking alternative to the classic recording by Bruno Walter (Sony).

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2002
Label:
Decca Import
UPC:
0028947028321
catalogNumber:
470283

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")
  2. Totenfeier, symphonic poem (orig 2nd movt. of Symphony No.2)

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