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Klemperer Legacy - Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Bavarian RSO

Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 66867   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerHeather Harper
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the first authorized release of this 1965 recording by the Bavarian Radio ensemble, which Klemperer had first conducted in 1956. His devotion to Mahler dates back to a half century earlier in Berlin, when the 20-year-old Klemperer was engaged to direct the off-stage section of the unusually large orchestra and chorus required for performance of this symphony, which Mahler had penned a decade earlier. The composer, who attended the performance, complimented his young colleague, and later offered to recommend him for appointments.
At the 1965 performance, live in Munich, the audibly enthusiastic audience might have been trembling with the combined force of Mahler's rush to divine judgment, in the first and fifth movements of his
Read more creation, and Klemperer's hyperdynamic reading, reinforced in the finale by the thrilling soprano and mezzo soloists who follow a doleful chorus. Elsewhere there are a panoply of Mahlerian moods, from the sylvan meditation of the second movement to the evocative merriment of the third and the Wagnerian rumblings of the fourth. Mahler put so much into his "Resurrection," in fact, that the listener may have to shake himself back into the realization that there were still eight symphonies to come, some even more dramatic power. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/29/1965 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 79 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (1998 Digital Remaster): First movement: Allegro moderato (Totenfeier)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (1998 Digital Remaster): Second movement: Andante moderato
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (1998 Digital Remaster): Third movement: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (1998 Digital Remaster): Fourth movement: Urlicht - Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (1998 Digital Remaster): Fifth movement: In tempo des Scherzos - Wild herausfahrend

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