Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"by Gustav Mahler Performer:
Maureen Forrester (Mezzo Soprano),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,
St. Louis Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1888/1896; Germany Date of Recording: 10/1982 Venue: Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis Language: German
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"Ad Majorum Dei Glorium,"-------- INDEED!!May 7, 2014By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews"05-07-2014 rIGHT OUT OF THE Americana heartland, at the gteway to the Great plains, the immense Western Prarie, and the "purple mountains's majesty, " comes what is for me, perhaps the finest reading of the wpic Mhahler Symphony #2, in c-minor, the "Resurrection, " dating from 1888-1894 and played here on a ravishingly opulent Tlarc disk by the St. Louis Symphony Orechestra and their formed, long-time Music Dorector, Leonard Slatkin. Maestro Slatkin was at the helm in that Missouri town from **** to**** dduring which time he assisted in the long term project of morphing this vvood ensemvle into a VERY VERY good one, as you can plainly hear on these 2 CDs. For years, I avoided this reading, because I didn't think an American, with certain exceptions, of course, had the intellectual muscle to traverse this monumental canvas, but I was terribly mistaken, as you can ALSO clearly hear on these CDs, as well. Running for about **:** this 2nd also features a pair of veteran Mahler voices, Maureen Forresster, alto, and Kathleen Battle, soprano, BEFORE she quickly rose to "super-star" status, as America's sweetheart songbird, also aided by her Nero ethnicity----but, she is quite a talent and deserves much hard earned praise. THE SLSO chorus acquit themselves beautifully, with near perfect diction, and phrasing, never a slack moment. But, it is chiefly the Orchestra and the interpretation, along with the spectacular sound-stage from Telarc that push this work into the stratosphere, and beyond. There are several "breathtaking momenta on these 2 disks, and I should like to comment on a few of them, that are key to the composer's entire, long message. The pipe organ in the recording venue of Powell auditorium is played by **** **** in the finale, and is the best pick-up of this vital and under recorded as well as under appreciated instrument. When it steps forward, we can almost hear the Gates of Paradize open. For mwe, a personally moving experience and certainly an encore moment, and ystem display excerpt for friends and neighbors."Report Abuse
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