The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long heritage with Mahler's symphonies cemented in a mid-European tradition through Tennstedt s work with the Orchestra in the 1980s and early 1990s. Vladimir Jurowski has waited longer than many other conductors might before tackling Mahler mainly, he says, because to approach this music is to touch on something that is for me extremely precious and personal . Mahler's Second Symphony is a compelling start to Jurowski's documentation of this great composer. His approach fully reveals the dynamic extremes in Mahler and this recording emphsises how much soft scoring there is, such is Jurowski s sensitivity and control. Jurowski differs from Tennstedt in that there is no over emotional self-indulgence, he allows the music to do the talking and his tempos and pacing are faultless.
This epic journey from dark to light is hardly short of recordings, but this live one can hold its head up high. The soloists are superb, and the LPO plays beautifully for Jurowski, who shows a total mastery of pacing. The huge narrative of the finale can easily sag, but here it leads unerringly to the magical choral entry.**** --Daily Telegraph,23/06/11
A performance of revelations,big and small,and easily the most illumanating to have appeared on disc in a very long time.Jurowski wipes the floor with the recent Rattle and Jansons accounts and is probably now the prime recommendation,the"library choice",that has for so long eluded us.And I include the excelent Ivan Fischer account on Channel Classics in that assesment.I was present at the this Live performance,what wa a momentous evening at the Royal festival Hall in september 2009 but wondered how it would translate to disc in the cool light of day.So often musical occasions writ large in one's memory achieve optimum impact only in the moment of performance and pale on reproduction and repetition. Not so,this Resurrection. You may think you know how Mahler's Second Symphony goes.Think again. EDITORS CHOICE. RECORDING OF THE MONTH. --Gramophone,Aug'11
It scores over the recent Simon Rattle interpretation with focused fire and brimstone.This performance is as engaging as it gets. Performance***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'11
Jurowski is always compelling,and this concert performance is recorded in decent live sound. --IRR,July/Aug'11
Critics' Choice 2011 --Gramophone,Dec'11