Mahler's Resurrection Symphony was once referred to by one of my more barbarous audio colleagues (not of Gramophone) as ''obviously written with hi-fi in mind''. Having sent my wife to visit a friend and having no near neighbours, I let this pair of Decca CDs rip, and what a glorious sound it is. Solti made a previous recording of this spectacular work with the LSO and there are many other versions, but this Chicago recording made in the Medinah Temple back in May 1980 is a triumph of the art and RO was so right to enthuse in his original review.
If you own a fine set of equipment and a topgrade CD player this has to be the work to convince your friends that yourRead more outlay was all worthwhile—and I don't just mean the overwhelming power of the fortissimos, but also the wealth of depth and detail in the highly melodic slow movement which would charm the birds out of the trees. The two solo voices are a revelation in natural placing and perspective; indeed the whole work has a welcome ring of truth shining through its power and majesty.
An exciting and definitive recording; dammit I'm going to play it again!
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"by Gustav Mahler Performer:
Mira Zakai (Mezzo Soprano),
Isobel Buchanan (Soprano)
Sir Georg Solti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1888/1896; Germany Language: German
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Sonic Boom!!!March 30, 2017By F. Blanco (Miami, FL)See All My Reviews"Solti, like von Karajan, was a controversial figure in his day. Despot and perfectionist, he likely pissed off many musicians, critics and music-lovers alike. Like von Karajan, he had a singular vision and nothing would detract him from it. This recording is a supreme example of Solti at his best (that is, if you like his approach). Muscular and delicate, with extreme dynamics and tempo... the "hero" of this symphony is truly in a life-death struggle to figure out life's ultimate question... you'll be exhausted by the time the coda bursts through. Like it or not, it's a unique and singular interpretation within the wide number of available recordings of this symphony. Amazingly, the Decca engineers capture Solti's vision in a vivid, realistic recording that manages to subdue much of the "harshness" typically associated with recordings of that early digital era (circa 1980's). I'm sure you all remember that "Maxell" ad campaign with the guy listening to ride of the valks in front of a speaker, wind blowing and wine glass about to topple over... that's got nothin' on this recording. Pop it in and enjoy the ride, it's gonna get real bumpy"Report Abuse
Mahler by the BestMay 27, 2012By R. HERSHER (GLENVIEW, IL)See All My Reviews"The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Georg Solti are a perfect match. Solti brings out the best in the CSO and this recording demonstrates how great the combination really is. Although this is an early digital recording, the sound is magnificant. Anyone looking for a recording of Mahler Symphony No 2 cannot go wrong with this one."Report Abuse