This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
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
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
Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano),
Heather Harper (Soprano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 1888/1896; Germany
Date of Recording: 01/29/1965
Venue: Live Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany
Length: 79 Minutes 43 Secs.
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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