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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect Ressurection!
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,...
Published on 29 Jan 2007 by Scriabinmahler

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not yet mature enough
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...
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Judy Spotheim


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect Ressurection!, 29 Jan 2007
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Scriabinmahler (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Resurrection Symphony No. 2 (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler Hot not Cool, 24 Feb 2008
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Mr. Mark A. Meldon (Somerset UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Resurrection Symphony No. 2 (Audio CD)
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not yet mature enough, 3 Oct 2010
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Judy Spotheim "SpJ Judy" (Belgium, Europe) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Resurrection Symphony No. 2 (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.
Moreover:
The entry of the soprano voice singing pianissimo and "opening it up" so that the voice carries above the choir - and KEEPING IT IN PITCH - is quite a difficult spot of any soprano; Unfortunately at those seconds of sublime importance and spirituality Barbara Bonney does not deliver; Her voice does not "pinch-in" the note so as to hold the PITCH on the pianissimo entry, (the pitch is a bit off when it needs to match the choir pitch; it is not controlled and it is too "thick" - it is not ethereal.
This, totally ruins this sublime moment and it is an indicator of things that from this point on goes down-hill:
The chorus sound become too homogeneous, too glued together, without a sound-stage dimension spread, the choir bass line that should supply the foundations are inaudible. It is as though the choir is standing with their back pressed against the wall behind them, or that they are standing in an alcove and not spread on a balcony high above the orchestra.
One has to turn to the VPO/Mehta for that passage (with the superb pitched Ileana Cortubas - soprano) or to the superb Mesada live concert with yet the best soprano entry line on record carried by Sylvia Greenberg. Greenberg has the most accurate PITCH and possesses a cultured voice capable of carrying a most crystalline passage.
(as a side remark: the two female soloists in the Mesada live concert joins the choir even to the end climax, that of the chorus and the orchestra...a unique experience...)
Farther: the Levi reading of the last two chapters pales in comparison with either of the THREE Mehtha reading (the VPO, The Mesada IPO live concert, the ISO recorded at the Mann auditorium in Tel Aviv).
It all goes to suggest that no matter how good the recording team with their top technology (Telarc) - yet - there is the human factor to consider; the conductor, the orchestra, the choir and the soloists.
No matter that by now Levi recorded almost all of the Mahler symphonies with the Atlanta SY.Orchestra; the recording at hand still does not posses the know-how, the spirituality, the ability to move the listener into a higher domain beyond that of the sonic impression (Telarc).
One just wonder what Levi might achieve in a recording with a WORLD-CLASS ORCHESTRA and with better equipped soloists. And one just know that for a great performance of Mahler the orchestra has to have a Mahler-ian tradition, experience and something called "soul" to bring it to a higher than mediocre plateau evenif it means that the orchestra has to be a European orchestra in a caliber of the Concertgebouw, the Berlin, the VPO, the IPO...
As things are right now; my recommendation would be the Mehta Mesada live concert that has the breath, the excitement, the appreciation of the historic moment and the spirituality.
Sorry, the Telarc effort does not reach the heights expected.
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