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Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Klemperer, Schwarzkopf, Et Al


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67255   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Hilde Rössl-MajdanElisabeth Schwarzkopf
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Klemperer's performances are perhaps less fashionable today than they were in the 1960s, but his Mahler Second is surely recommendable to any Mahlerian, particularly as it comes complete on a single CD. The reading, with the opening movement pressed forward strongly, is intense and concentrated; and the closing section of the last movement (which, incidentally, is generously cued), where Klemperer's approach is determinedly spacious, is almost overwhelming, first in its sense of mystery, then in its serenity and joy. And the Philharmonia Chorus and soloists sing transcendently. The recording is full and clear. A remarkable bargain.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
Klemperer's performances are perhaps less fashionable today than they were in the 1960s, but his Mahler Second is surely recommendable to any Mahlerian, particularly as it comes complete on a single CD. The reading, with the opening movement pressed forward strongly, is intense and concentrated; and the closing section of the last movement (which, incidentally, is generously cued), where Klemperer's approach is determinedly spacious, is almost overwhelming, first in its sense of mystery, then in its serenity and joy. And the Philharmonia Chorus and soloists sing transcendently. The recording is full and clear. A remarkable bargain.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961-62 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 79 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

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 Mahler in Granite March 13, 2017 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Klemperer and Bruno Walter were contemporaires and Mahler experts but their approaches to this music was quite different. Klemperer said '' Bruno Walter is a very good conductor but he is a moralist; I am an immoralist.'' Klemperer was, in general, austere in his approach and created structured, granite-strong music. This approach seems to me to be, in most cases, rather sterile. However, in Mahler's Second his approach provides an interesting alternative to Bernstein's on-the-edge approach or Bruno Walter's smooth, fluid approach. Klemperer patiently builds his first movement so that you emerge from it in the knowledge that there is much more extraordinary music following-- and, indeed, there is. It builds with growing momentum into a finale marked by a seismic upheaval of a climax followed with a sublime conclusion. EMI's remastering of this 1961 performance is first rate. This is, indeed, one of the Great Performances of the Century. It has now been reissued by Warner Classics." Report Abuse
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