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Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Solti, Buchanan, Zakai, Chicago Sym

Release Date: 12/28/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 410202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Mira ZakaiIsobel Buchanan
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An exciting and definitive recording.

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 your
Read 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!

-- Gramophone [4/1984]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Mira Zakai (Mezzo Soprano), Isobel Buchanan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Damaged Recording May 3, 2018 By Tim Kennedy (Buffalo, NY) See All My Reviews "I sent an e-mail some time ago stating that the recording you sent me was damaged. I've played it on 2 CD players i own and the recording stopped near the end of the work. I also asked what I should do about it. Tim Kennedy" Report Abuse
 Sonic Boom!!! March 30, 2017 By 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 Best May 27, 2012 By 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
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