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Mahler: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Tennstedt, Mathis, Et Al

Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 74182   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Doris SoffelEdith Mathis
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1977 recording of the Mahler First made for an auspicious beginning to Klaus Tennstedt's generally fine complete symphony cycle. Now, as then, what immediately impresses about this performance is its gentle sense of joy, laced with an unrestrained exuberance in the more extroverted passages. Tennstedt summons fully sonorous playing from the London Philharmonic (especially in the finale's passionate perorations) as he presents his very special view of Mahler's early masterpiece. EMI's recording is one of its late analog treasures, well balanced with a wide dynamic range.

In the immediately following Symphony No. 2, the analog warmth and body has been replaced by an edgy, shallow quality typical of EMI's early
Read more digital recordings. This is unfortunate, for Tennstedt's Resurrection is one of the finest readings of his complete cycle. He approaches the work in a manner very similar to Bernstein, employing basically slow tempos, but with great volatility in the music's eruptions. Everywhere Tennstedt juxtaposes the majestic with the maddening, the sublime with the sardonic. The finale erupts with great power and moves forward with a grandeur that never becomes mere grandiosity. Also like Bernstein, the coda is drawn out to heavenly lengths, with the London Philharmonic choir's impassioned enunciation clearly audible among the clamour. Only the restrained dynamics (which sound like control-room tinkering) prevent the closing pages from being truly overwhelming. Edith Mathis and Doris Soffel both sing beautifully, and with a real sense of occasion.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 10/1977 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 54 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Doris Soffel (Mezzo Soprano), Edith Mathis (Soprano)
Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1981 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 88 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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