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Mahler: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4

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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (16 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GY5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G - 1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen - Recht gemächlichWiener Philharmoniker16:12Album Only
Listen  2. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G - 2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne HastWiener Philharmoniker 9:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G - 3. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio)Wiener Philharmoniker23:32Album Only
Listen  4. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 in G - 4. Sehr behaglich: "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden"Frederica von Stade 9:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Allegro maestosoChicago Symphony Orchestra 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Sehr mäßig und zurückhaltendChicago Symphony Orchestra 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 1st Movement - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier) - Sehr langsam beginnendChicago Symphony Orchestra 9:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 2. Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlichChicago Symphony Orchestra10:03Album Only
Listen  2. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 3. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender BewegungChicago Symphony Orchestra10:33Album Only
Listen  3. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - 4. "Urlicht". Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht "O Röschen rot!"Marilyn Horne 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Im Tempo des ScherzosChicago Symphony Orchestra 1:40£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - LangsamChicago Symphony Orchestra 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Am Anfang sehr zurückgehaltenChicago Symphony Orchestra 1:17£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Wieder sehr breitChicago Symphony Orchestra 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - - Maestoso. Sehr zurückhaltendChicago Symphony Orchestra 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Wieder zurückhaltendChicago Symphony Orchestra 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Langsam. Immer noch mehr zurückhaltendChicago Symphony Orchestra 1:24£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Sehr langsam und gedehntChicago Symphony Orchestra 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Langsam. Misterioso - "Auferstehen, ja auferstehen wirst du gesät"Carol Neblett 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Etwas bewegter - "O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube"Marilyn Horne 1:32£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" / 5th Movement - Wieder etwas zurückhaltend "Was entstanden ist, das muss vergehen!"Marilyn Horne 5:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


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DGG 4530372; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 2 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
There are some great recordings of the Resurrection Symphony. I've always loved the way Klemperer conducted the second movement and I'm enjoying Kubelik's seemingly more romantic approach at the moment. The recent DVD of Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra leaves you thinking it can't be bettered. But this one has thrilled me more than any other: it's very rhythmic and vivid. The orchestra sounds fantastic - it roars and soars and shimmers - and I've heard exciting little details that I've never noticed before, even in Rattle's account. It's partly the recording: this one works so well in both the loud and quiet passages. I don't come across many of Abbado's older recordings, but this is a nice reminder that he was a very special conductor even in the 1970s.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't you simply die without THIS Mahler?! 28 Oct 2005
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My first encounter with this recording of the Mahler Second was in the listening library at Brandeis, and I'm sure the rest of the room thought I was insane. (I tend to get into the music a bit...) Marilyn Horne's "Urlicht" is enough reason to get this recording in the first place, but what a pity it would be to miss the other seventy-five minutes! As would be expected, Abbado leads the symphony in an appropriately operatic fashion. The first movement "Totenfeier" is appropriately martial and Germanic without being overly weighty. The contrasts between the percussive march and lyrical "Pastorale" sections are marked, but executed seamlessly. The second movement, often considered to be a good deal less exciting than those that surround it, leaves itself suspended slightly on every note so that you absolutely MUST hear what follows. The Scherzo is snarling at points, lyric at others, until it erupts in a violent finish. Enter Ms. Horne with the "Urlicht" or "First Light" from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. When I first listened to this, the tears kept streaming down my face well into the next movement, which alternates Armageddon/Resurrection like no other. Particularly effective are two parts: the long percussion crescendo before the c minor march, and the suspended "Last Trumpet" before the choir enters with the hymn "Aufersteh'n" of Klopstock. This is where Abbado's operatic conducting shines; the voices are always primary with exquisite orchestral coloring that never overtakes the soloists as is very possible in Mahler. The end is slow, exultant, and sublime.Lest you forget that this set also includes an entire other symphony! (the fourth) Von Stade's "Himmlisches Leben" is just as serene and pure as any boy soprano's, although it does lack the eerie quality that only a young boy can give to the part. The rest of the fourth is lustrous, including a very slow, very marvelous third movement and a haunting second.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Most 14 Nov 2012
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In my opinion the Abbado Mahler symphonies with the CSO and VPO , come across much better than the later Berlin cycle .
These are both very good performances , and stand up there with my other favourites of the Second ( Solti/CSO and LSO, Haitink/CSO , Gielen/Baden-Baden ), and Fourth ( Fischer/BFSO , Reiner/CSO , Levine/CSO , and Kubelik/BayernRundfunks).
Highly recommended , particularly at the price it can be bought for usually.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Resurrection" to leave you in tears 5 Mar 2000
By Thomas B Dawkins - Published on Amazon.com
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My first encounter with this recording of the Mahler Second was in the listening library at Brandeis, and I'm sure the rest of the room thought I was insane. (I tend to get into the music a bit...) Marilyn Horne's "Urlicht" is enough reason to get this recording in the first place, but what a pity it would be to miss the other seventy-five minutes! As would be expected, Abbado leads the symphony in an appropriately operatic fashion. The first movement "Totenfeier" is appropriately martial and Germanic without being overly weighty. The contrasts between the percussive march and lyrical "Pastorale" sections are marked, but executed seamlessly. The second movement, often considered to be a good deal less exciting than those that surround it, leaves itself suspended slightly on every note so that you absolutely MUST hear what follows. The Scherzo is snarling at points, lyric at others, until it erupts in a violent finish. Enter Ms. Horne with the "Urlicht" or "First Light" from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. When I first listened to this, the tears kept streaming down my face well into the next movement, which alternates Armageddon/Resurrection like no other. Particularly effective are two parts: the long percussion crescendo before the c minor march, and the suspended "Last Trumpet" before the choir enters with the hymn "Aufersteh'n" of Klopstock. This is where Abbado's operatic conducting shines; the voices are always primary with exquisite orchestral coloring that never overtakes the soloists as is very possible in Mahler. The end is slow, exultant, and sublime.Lest you forget that this set also includes an entire other symphony! (the fourth) Von Stade's "Himmlisches Leben" is just as serene and pure as any boy soprano's, although it does lack the eerie quality that only a young boy can give to the part. The rest of the fourth is lustrous, including a very slow, very marvelous third movement and a haunting second.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbado's Mahler Second: one of the greatest. His Fourth: no. 24 Jun 2011
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This stunning "Resurrection" with the CSO ranks as one of the very finest, alongside the legendary recordings of Klemperer, Walter, etc. Abbado has a special feel for the Second, which he recorded three times, with the CSO, the Vienna, and Lucerne Festival.

There is a uniquely large scale, "big screen" cinematic quality to Abbado's powerful interpretation, offering a real feeling of an intense and moving journey. This quality is perhaps most evident with the CSO, which plays spectacularly. Clean, detailed, this is not only one of the best played, but also one that is deeply felt. The shifting dynamics and contrasts are handled masterfully. The lyrical passages especially sing. Inspiring, heroic, immensely satisfying.

Unfortunately, this legendary Second is coupled with a Mahler Fourth that is an acquired taste. While well played, Abbado's interpretation is possibly the most boisterous, jumpy of all. As up and down as the 1939 by Mengelberg, but not as interesting. When Abbado settles down, in the third movement for example, it is better. Recommended only for those who like their Mahler Fourth either bouncy, robust, or romantic, and nothing beyond those two.

Three stars for the Fourth. But the Second, one of the best ever, is unquestionably five big stars, which makes this set well worth owning.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection! 26 Mar 2009
By Music Is Everything - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the finest performance of Mahler's Second Symphony available. Start with a staggeringly accurate and exciting performance by the Chicago Symphony, coupled with Abbado's sincere and soulful interpretation, add DG's excellent recording and mastering, and you've got a performance that never fails to deliver. Topping it off, Marilyn Horne sings the fourth movement better than anyone. I always walk away from this peformance feeling that I've experienced Mahler's Second Symphony, not Mahler's Second Symphony through the eyes (and the ego!) of Conductor X.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely breathtaking peformance. Abbado triumphs. 23 Oct 2000
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Abbado is one of my favorite conductors. And Mahler is probably my favorite composer. But this truly is Mahler and Abbado at their best. The 2nd symphony is undescribably magnificant. Even though I've listened to it probably 30 or 40 times, the last movement of the 2nd still always gives me chills down my spine. And sometimes even a few tears to my eye. The building is so incredible is the last movement! The 4th symphony is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. The sound of sleigh bells in the opening(and a violin solo in the first movement), to the beauty of the 3rd movement, to the heavenly singing of Frederica von Stade in the last movement to the soft, tranquill ending with the harp solo in the last few bars. And the cost is unbelievable. It is two for the price of one. I have seen recordings of just the 2nd for as much as 33 dollars. But with this, you get it and the 4th for half the price of just the 2nd! Beautifully recorded, great price, great music. Nothing can beat this.
Christmas is coming soon, people. This will be a great gift for any classical fan. Even if they haven't heard anything by Mahler before, you will want all his symphonies after you hear this. I strongly recommend this to any classical fan, Mahler fan(even if you have these symphonies already), or just for people who like great music.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Abbado's best early Mahler, and often a revelation 19 Sep 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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After hearing most of Abbado's Mahler, early and late, I had formed the opinion that he steadily improved, moving from fussy caution to a real and deep understanding of Mahler's world. But just in case there were some early gems, I went back to this bargain two-fer of the Second and Fourth Syms. recorded in Chicago and Vienna. At present this packaging is the only way to acquire Abbado's earliest account of the Second; the Fourth can be had in his complete Mahler cycle.

Sym. #4: As you might expect from Vienna, the lyricism of the opening movement strikes with real poingnancy. Abbado's recent live remake with the Berlin Phil. bowled me over, but this VPO performance is just as winning. Some listeners may find the devil's fiddle too gentlemanly in the second movement, which Abbado plays rather fast and straight compared to, say, Bernstein. Mahler marks the slow movement "poco Adagio," but Abbado, like James Levine, opts for an all-out Adagio. Happily, the flexible phrasing of the incomparable Vienna strings enables a very slow melodic line to hold together ravishingly. Abbado seems to have a penchant for choosing off-beat soloists in the finale -- Renee Felming with her plush, mature soprano in his later recording and mezzo Frederica von Stade here. I don't think another mezzo has recorded the role. Von Stade sounds fresh and encompasses the notes well, but she does little to sound innocent and child-like. Her success depends entirely upon musical skill and beauty of tone. In all, an outstanding Fourth that has been overlooked.

Sym. #2: Solti was such an attack dog that he ruined my conception of the CSO, which was capable of amazing nuance under Reiner. They are reacquainted with their sensitive side here under Abbado. Unlike Solti's famed Mahler Seconds, the first movement isn't fierce and biting. If anything, Abbado seems a little soft-grained, but he shows great natural instincts in this music, bridging Mahler's dramatic contrasts very convincingly. The second movement minuet is delicate but alert -- too often this movement falls flat while the audience waits for the dam to burst in the last movement.

Post-Bernstein one has come to expect the Scherzo to contain a good deal of satiric edge. Abbado starts off with gunshot strokes of the timpani, but his approach to this movement remains on the effete side; it sounds like a continuation of the preceding classical mood. The best thing here is the playing of the woodwinds, which is full of character even at low temperature. Marilyn Horne defies her image as a leather-lung extrovert by singing "Urlicht" with grave sincerity. The floodgates are expected to open next, and they do, with phenomenal tutti playing from the brass section. DG's engineering thankfully doesn't land them in our laps, so we get to hear nice counterpoint from the woodwind soloists.

Mahler has managed the finale's unfolding apocalypse so skillfully that conductors are well advised not to get in his way, and Abbado doesn't. He sees it as his job to deliver the most perfect orchestral balance at a steady pace. It goes without saying that the CSO chorus outdoes almost every other on CD for sheer accuracy and beauty of tone. When another reviewer speaks of being brought to tears, I think the chorus's hushed reverence must have been the cause.

In the end, I was thrilled to discover two great performances that were lying right under my nose. I agree with the previous comment that this is Abbado's best (of three) Mahler Second, and the Fourth can stand comparison with any.
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