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Mahler: Symphony No.2 - "Resurrection"
 
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Mahler: Symphony No.2 - "Resurrection"

11 Jun. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1966
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 1966
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:20:04
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  • ASIN: B001LOKFPO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,496 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
First I was hesitant to buy this CD because there were no stars, but it proved to be a silly concern. Solti's 1966 recording of Resurrection with LSO is no less powerful and profound than his famous CSO version recorded later. Actually most of explosions throughout the symphony are much fiercer than his later version. This is not the sort of cosmetically refined and artificially calculated Mahler of our time, but Solti's Mahler is as rough and violent as nature itself. Only weakness comes at the very end of the climax where tension level drops a little. But I still give 5 stars for this as there are much more inferior recordings of recent years with 5 stars (Rattle, Chailly, Boulez etc ). No doubt one of the great recordings of this symphony along side Walter, Klemperer, Kubelik, Stokowski, Haitink, Levi.

Remastered sound is too bright for my taste but a bit of adjustment of amplifier solve the problem and you don't need to stand up to change to second CD! 81 minutes are squeezed on one disc!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By theplanets on 5 Jan. 2012
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This performance is terrific on two counts .
Firstly the actual performance , and the remastered sound , is quite excellent .
The sound very good considering its vintage .
An additional plus is the fact that it is on a single disc , so avoiding the need to change discs , as is the case on some other versions of this particular symphony .
As for the last point , why SACD isn't used to enable up to about 100 mins in SACD mode only for the longer symphonies , is something I can't quite understand .
I have purchasesd some SACD only discs from CD Japan , and it is common to have discs of up to 100 minutes in SACD only format .
As SACD is a popular format for the majority of classical music lovers , why don't they have Mahler's symphonies which exceed the capacity of a single conventional CD issued in this format , so us who have SACD players , aren't restricted in this way ?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison Allen on 25 Feb. 2014
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rather lovely and excellent for painting to my favourite piece of classical music. This is an adept production with wonderful singing.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Hugely Under-rated LSO / Solti Version 21 Sept. 2007
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First I was reluctant to buy this CD because there were no stars, but it proved to be a silly concern. Solti's 1966 recording of Resurrection with LSO is no less powerful and profound than his famous CSO version recorded later. Actually most of explosions throughout the symphony are much fiercer than his later version. This is not the sort of cosmetically refined and artificially calculated Mahler of our time, but Solti's Mahler is as rough and violent as nature itself. Only weakness comes at the very end of the climax where tension level drops a little. But I still give 5 stars for this as there are much more inferior recordings of recent years with 5 stars (Rattle, Chailly, Boulez etc ). No doubt one of the great recordings of this symphony along side Walter, Klemperer, Kubelik, Stokowski, Haitink, Levi.

Remastered sound is too bright for my taste but a bit of adjustment of amplifier solve the problem and you don't need to stand up to change to second CD! 81 minutes are squeezed on one disc!!
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great sound, but a so-so performance 7 Feb. 2008
By Virginia Opera Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit a bias relative to Solti's Mahler: his penchant for the "orgasm in every other bar" (to quote Wieland Wagner) makes for superficial excitement but not much interpretive depth. The performance loses coherence after the "voice in the wilderness" episode and the end of the work is just plain dull. After all the climaxes, the ending is an anti-climax. On the positive side, Harper and Watts sing very well indeed.

I still prefer this production to Solti's remake with the Chicago Symphony, primarily due to the quality of Decca's 96khz/24 bit remaster. The forty something year old sound is pretty spectacular.

Solti's Mahler just isn't to my taste - other listeners may have a different opinion. My advice for a single disc performance of this symphony is Klemperer's touchstone recording on EMI's Great Recordings of the Century - one of the items in that series that truly deserves the appellation and finally available without the distortion that disfigured earlier CD issues. For a little more cash, the Bernstein recordings (I prefer the CBS to the DG) and Walter do not disappoint. For that matter, I prefer Zubin Mehta's Decca Originals single disc to the Solti.
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