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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B00006879J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 2 - Mahler, GustavLevi, YoelAtlanta Symphony OrchestraAtlanta Symphony ChorusBonney, BarbaraPhillips, Mary
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 2 - Mahler, GustavLevi, YoelAtlanta Symphony OrchestraAtlanta Symphony ChorusBonney, BarbaraPhillips, Mary
2. Symphony No. 10 - Mahler, GustavLevi, YoelAtlanta Symphony OrchestraAtlanta Symphony ChorusBonney, BarbaraPhillips, Mary

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Klemperer would admire Levi's deeply felt, noble acount of Resurrection. Had Karajan conducted it, would it sound better than this?

Very few things go wrong here, which is extremely rare in this gigantic work. No vulgar distortion of tempi, Maximum impact of every earth-shattering bang, the sense of awe in the calm, breath taking subtlety in pianissimo, masterfully measured building-up toward the massive climax, and more to discover. Most admirable thing about Levi's interpretation is that everything he does is governed, not by analytical mind, but by emotional and spiritual intensity, unlike so many of our generation of cool conductors whoes music comes, not from heart, but from head (Rattle, Boulez, Abbado, Zander, Nagano, Tilson-Thomas etc).

My only complaint is the stiff solists who sing their part like R.Strauss Opera area towards the end, and too brightly lit sound, but of course that's matter of personal taste.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2008
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I agree with the other revewer of this set. It's not just Europeans who "get" Mahler it seems! Yoel Levi and his Atlanta SO have produced a marvellous Mahler 2 that will be overlooked by most British guides to CD's because of myopia.

Add in Telarc's brilliant recording, this set is recommended to those looking for a hot, emotional Mahler 2 rather than some of the icy Europeans.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy Spotheim on 3 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have had high hopes for this one considering the many enthusiastic "reviews" it got, but not so...
I can bring myself to agree with most of the "hoopsalla/gimpsalla" endowed on this recording, and truly, it starts on the right feet (so to speak), the recording begins to show itself as a true mature Telarc with the almost feel that you are witnessing something that is heading to greatness - all is well until you turn to the second CD, to the last two movements.
All of a sudden you become aware that the sound is getting congested, darkened, mechanical, "gestossen", even saturated...
The multi-drum group is not impressive in its attack as it is on other recording (Decca VPO/Mehtha- "the Mesada concert" live recording by ISO/Mehtha).
There is a problem with the inserted "piu" (more) forces; the choir and the soloists added to the full symphony orchestra.
I have heard that sort of saturation-congestion in live performance where the hall was somewhat too limited
in volume to contain large forces playing at full tilt. This is the case here too.
On the other hand it might be that Telarc microphones could not cope with the multiple signal coming at them from all directions (back-side too where it somehow dictates the size of the hall).
The sound is just un-moving, too closed-in and missing the Grandeur of the score.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Oh my God! 6 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was blessed to have performed this piece with Levi and Atlanta in the early 90's. The chorus was prepared by Shaw, and we wound up performing it at Avery Fisher Hall as well, with enthusiastic response. I left Atlanta in 1994, and, though I knew the orchestra was really stepping up to the plate with Levi in command, I had no idea they had reached this level! I received this recording as a gift today, though I have had my eye on it for a while. In two words -- absolutely astounding! I guess what we did early in the last decade was merely an early dress rehearsal for what is captured on this CD. There is none of the tentativeness in the brass and strings that was often present in earlier recordings, and thankfully, the chorus is as sharp as ever -- a concern of mine after the passing of Maestro Shaw. Norman MacKenzie is absolutely astounding -- aside from Mr. Shaw, one of the most amazing musicians I have ever met. We did (do) not call him "Stormin' Norman" for nothing...
Although I have heard many recordings of this piece, the only other that I own is the other Telarc offering by the St. Louis Symphony. It is a great recording. This one, however, blows it away. There was lots of talk years ago about when the orchestra was actually going to reach the performance level of the chorus. Oh happy day! It has happened! What a pleasure to listen to a performance and recording which is almost impossible to find fault with. If you want "bang for your buck," and even if you don't, you simply MUST experience this recording. Enjoy!
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A recording of power and majesty 21 July 2003
By Trevor Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mahler's symphonies seems to be THE symphonies to record these days, and all of them are incredible masterpieces. That goes without saying. Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have been adding to this late trend by recording many of Mahler's symphonies for Telarc. This newest release is Mahler's 2nd Symphony, which is one of his longest, yet most rewarding, and the reward comes throughout the work with many sub-climaxes. If you don't know the work, I highly encourage you to become familiar with it. It truly has the power to change your whole outlook on your day. My recommendation for this recording is without hesitation. The sonics of this recording are nothing short of superb, a trademark of Telarc. Especially in this recording, the strings glow with a wonderfully warm rich sound. The brass is blazing and the tympani and bass drums will knock you in the chest if you have the stereo to reproduce what has been captured by Telarc. Also, listen to how beautifully the triangle playing is captured--truly an audiophile delight.
Beyond the wonderfully captured sound, the performance is nothing short of spectacular. While I admit, I haven't been enthralled with all of the Mahler recordings done by Levi and Atlanta, this performance is one of heart and understanding by both the conductor and players. Tempi are well chosen throughout the symphony, but the true genious in this performance is Levi's direction of the building of dramatic tension. Granted, in a Mahler symphony, tension is already written in, but it takes a conductor with a solid understanding of the work to really wring out all of the available potential. Now here is where you have to ask yourself a question: Do you like "over-the-top" performances ala Leonard Bernstein's Mahler, or do you like the level-headedness approach of say a Pierre Boulez? For me the best approach to Mahler is an emotional approach. Mahler was quite a dramatic person, and I feel that a performance must represent who the composer was and what the composer composed. With this performance, you get emotion, and if you stay focused throughout the work, I can't help but suggest you will feel spiritually recharged afterwards which is the very essence of this work. Now buy this CD and take part in a small resurrection of your own.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking.... 23 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A wondurous achievement is not an understatement for this performance, nor for this recording either. If you want goosebumps, if you want to feel the emotion of Mahler, if you want a truly classic interpretation of this magnificient work, buy this cd. From one of Levi's last performances with the Atlanta Symphony, it is certainly one, if not the, best I've heard.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Near Perfect Ressurection! 29 Jan. 2007
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Klemperer would admire Levi's deeply felt, noble acount of Resurrection. Had Karajan conducted it, would it sound better than this?

Very few things go wrong here, which is extremely rare in this gigantic work. No vulgar distortion of tempi, Maximum impact of every earth-shattering bang, the sense of awe in the calm, breath taking subtlety in pianissimo, masterfully measured building-up toward the massive climax, and more to discover. Most admirable thing about Levi's interpretation is that everything he does is governed, not by analytical mind, but by emotional and spiritual intensity, unlike so many of our generation of cool conductors whoes music comes, not from heart, but from head.

My only complaint is the stiff solists who sing their part like R.Strauss Opera area towards the end, and too brightly lit sound, but of course that's matter of personal taste.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It doesn't get any better than this 5 Oct. 2007
By Wonsuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazing performance. Yes, there is definitely too rehersed feeling into it but nontheless this is a serious, cautious and heart-felt performance. You can feel that how determined Levi was. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about some of his other Mahler recordings, especically M5. Nontheless, this performance is the real deal. When I am playing CD, I can almost see Mahler himself and hear him talking (more of yelling) to me. In short, this is my favorite performance of my favorite piece of music. Give it a try.
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