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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 Vol. 33 (Symphony No. 2 In C Minor) (Profil: PH07040) [CD]

Charlotte Margiono , Jard van Nes , Chor der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden , Sinfoniechor Dresden , Staatskapelle Dresden , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Profil
  • ASIN: B007BSMQII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection' - Various Performers

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A great recording. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone, Oct'12

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mahler 7 April 2013
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Bernard Haitink is one of, if not the most prolific recording artists as far as Mahler is concerned and, in my view, this is his finest interpretation of any Mahler symphony, let alone the Resurrection.

I have registered disappointment that the focus on Mahler (and Bruckner) has taken away attention from Haitink's expertise and inspiration in other orchrestral works. In that respect, I have in mind the magnificent Concertgebouw Tchaikovsky cycle, his version of the Schumann symphonies and his magnificent Schubert 9 (the latter unaccountably never released on CD) .

In this version of the Mahler 2 there is the same element of intense classicism which is a perfectly valid way of interpreting this composer. It shares a lot of the virtues of the roughly contemporaneous Berlin version. However, the lighter quite beautiful string tone of the brilliant Dresdeners, together with a sense of occasion captured by the live recording, make this the better version. Although I don't see the problem with it, Haitink himself did not like his initial Concertgebouw foray of the sixties, dismissing it as cold and preferring a broader initial movement with a higher degree of fantasy. I think this recording perfectly answers that criticism.It ends magnificently, a fitting climax to an intense performance.

The Dresden Staatskapelle is a great orchestra and with Haitink formed a superb partnership. It's at it's best with the more self effacing interpreters ( Kempe in Strauss, Sawallisch in Schumann, Blomstedt in Beethoven and of course Haitink in Mahler and Bruckner ).
A superb release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haitink Mahler 2 Dresden 10 May 2012
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Have bought ANOTHER version of Mahler 2 - my sixth! - and once again find out more about the piece. This performance from 1995 is not as fleet of foot as Haitink's CSO version, and perhaps spends a little too much time en route - but a fine recording of an event (the Fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of Dresden) and a very atmospheric recording of an amazing orchestra, not like the standard "super-orchestra" sound we get too much of. Final movement is stunning, and one wonders how often before 1995 the Dresden orchestra had played Mahler 2? Worth a flutter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking SILENCE after the Resurrection 23 Jan 2014
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On February 13 , 1995, felt the 50th anniversary of WW2 destruction of Dresden, and on that occasion Bernard Haitink led the Staatskapelle in an astonishing performance of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony at the Semperoper.
This recording, released in 2012, stands as a terrific testimony of that event.

Haitink Dresden M2nd is a gripping and powerful performance, it's dark and dramatic.
Since the first bar we perceive the climate pervading that special occasion.
Every 13th February in Dresden a concert takes place since 1951 to remember the tragedy, and 1995 was the first time a Requiem were not chosen.
But, we could say, everything might be conveyed through the most terrific Requiem's pages is returned here in a relentless crescendo of drama.

It seems All Who Passed due to the most tremendous tragedies of Humanity were called to attend the Last Judgement in the mid of an heaven-stormy atmosphere, empathized by the legendary bronzed sound of the Staatskapelle.
The sense of tragedy is perceived as it rose from the most sorrowful depths. It lasts on the background all along the symphony reaching its peak in the last movement.
Die Grosse Appell (and what precedes ) leaves no doubt what a terrific event it's focused on.
All this is not conveyed by stressing "special effects", on the contrary this is a severe and uncompromising rendition, at that point one could hardly image.

After the last bar.. no applause followed - as it was requested to underline the sense of mourning of the event.
And.. this final SILENCE (clearly recorded) is breathtaking after such an epilogue, one feels as the whole audience had been overwhelmed or even petrified in the face of the immeasurable greatness of what just faded in front of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful performance 18 Jun 2013
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Great occasions do not always make great recordings but this one most emphatically does. The occasion was the fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of Dresden in the Second World War by the Allies on 13 February 1945. Since 1951 there has been a tradition of anniversary concerts in Dresden, usually of requiem masses. In 1995 instead they had Mahler's Resurrection symphony in this performance conducted by Haitink. Haitink leads a superbly paced performance and the orchestra give of their best. Some people find the Andante and the Scherzo slightly too slow; I can only say, that while tending to prefer fast speeds myself, I do not find them so, and it is possible to savour the beautiful tone of the Dresden clarinets and flutes in the Scherzo. The finale is as atmospheric as you could wish and the large choir shows superb control in their hushed entry and afterwards rise to great shouts of triumph. Charlotte Mangiono has two slightly unsteady moments but otherwise is secure and Jard van Nes shows her customary tone and control. After the performance Haitink lit a candle at the sight of the Frauenkirche which has now happily been rebuilt. Spare a thought for it and the terrible story of Dresden when you listen to this uplifting performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Event. 20 Oct 2012
By Colloredo von Salzburg - Published on Amazon.com
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Bernard Haitink's 1995 live performance in Dresden marked the 50th anniversary of the city's destruction by the Allies near
the end of WWII - and the first time a work other than a Requiem had been played for this solemn and always heartfelt memorial.
Those February 13th concerts have unique rules and expectations, notably the lack of applause before and afterwards and the
post-concert candle lighting by performers, audience and Dresdeners in general at the destroyed Frauenkirche, the cornerstone
for whose reconstruction was laid the year before this Mahler concert. Haitink is justly renowned for his Mahler performances,
one of the best performers, indeed. He has conducted the 2nd many times before, leaving us great recordings (Amsterdam, Berlin
and later in Chicago) but this "Auferstehung" is special even by his standards, taking the music in some unexpected directions
and turning it into an affirmation not only of rebirth but also of life itself. Haitink's skills involves the strongest possible contrasts between quiet and loud sections, and there are plenty of both in this work. The Allegro maestoso here starts slowly
and builds massively, its opening funeral march contrasted with the ineffable sweetness and quiet of the second theme in a
movement that, as a whole, is unusually dramatic. The very quiet, gentle second movement is exactly the strong contrast that
Mahler wanted, and is followed by a Scherzo that opens with intensity and becomes quite gentle later - the symphony to this
point is a roller-coaster emotional ride. In the "Urlicht", which is very quiet and on the slow side, Jard van Nes is highly emotionally expressive in a performance that builds to an ethereal conclusion - and is followed by a tremendously jarring
beginning of the finale. Here the contrasts are truly amazing, with loud sections really loud and instrumental details brought
forth with consummate skill. Then, the elegantly prayerful chorus enters with the affirmative words by Klopstock and Mahler
himself, the emotional arc of the symphony feels nearly complete, and the final portion of the movement provides an elegant
and highly emotive capstone to one of the most moving performances of this symphony available - A really great and big event,
crowded of an unforgettable atmosphere. A Must.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best # Mahler # 2 Yet 18 Feb 2014
By Eric M. Dietel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best Mahler #2 I have Heard from Haitink, which means it is probably one of the best. I prefer it to all available recordings by Haitink. I much prefer it to the Rattle recordings and feel the orchestra is very good with fire and commitment. This is a dedication for the destruction during WW2. A great buy! Symphonie No. 2
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful playing but not the most dramatic either 9 Jun 2012
By B. Guerrero - Published on Amazon.com
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As one could easily predict, the star attraction here is the gorgeous playing of the Dresden Staatskapelle. This is particularly true in softer passages, such as the hushed yet 'illuminated' playing behind mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes in "Urlicht" (fourth movement), or the genuinely lovely string playing throughout the intermezzo-like second movement. Yet, this remains well short of being Haitink's most dramatic reading of the work. After a taught and fairly intense performance of the first movement (I'm reminded of Sinopoli's exciting Dresden recording of Liszt's "Dante" Symphony for DG), Haitink suddenly becomes slack in the following inner movements, as well as in softer passages of the finale.

Yet, the equally gorgeous Dresden woodwinds make one forget Haitink's almost 'trudgy' tempo for the scherzo (coupled with a fairly strong climactic passage as well). Perhaps with such beautiful playing - not to mention the generous acoustics in Dresden - Haitink may have simply wanted to smell the flowers along the way. The big 'march of the risen dead souls' passage of the finale is sufficiently dramatic and powerful, with the Dresden trumpets and trombones playing with a more narrow, 'pointed' kind of sound than what were used to hearing from Vienna, Berlin or Chicago. In other words, they sound more like how they usually sound in Bruckner. Also predictable, is that the Dresden chorus sings in a gentler and more restrained manner than we've sometimes become accustomed to hearing in Mahler's "Resurrection" or Beethoven's 9th. Perhaps some of that restraint has to do with the fact that this performance marked the 50th anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden (a terrible event partly pushed for by Churchill, who then tried to distance himself from responsibility when some inevitable criticism came about). Even the organ in Dresden's Lukaskirche is smaller and lighter sounding than what's really required for Mahler's fortissimo marking. Yet - all that said - there's still something musically satisfying about this performance. The rub is that this just isn't Haitink's most taught or dramatic reading of a symphony that he normally does really well.

For less money, I would stick with Haitink's strong and purposeful reading of Mahler 2 from Chicago on the CSO Resound label (better sung too). If you own either of Haitink's Concertgebouw recordings of M2, you're already very well off (sorry, but I'm not a fan of Haitink's Berlin remakes of Mahler for Philips). However, if you're a Dresden junky - such as myself - the extra expense of this Profil release just might be worth it. If you're familiar with the old Wyn Morris reading of Mahler 2, this release sounds something like that.
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