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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.2 (Audio CD)
This is a well known performance that has received more general acclaim than most Zubin Mehta recordings. I have heard a number of other performances and only recently listened to this one recently.
What can I say? This has been for me the most satisfying recording of this work that I have ever heard.
The orchestral playing from the Vienna Philharmonic is awesome, every section makes a gorgeous sound. The Vienna State Opera Chorus sing beautifully, a lovely unified choral sonority. The vocal soloists, Ileana Cotrubas and Christa Ludwig make lovely sounds - no complaints. The recording quality is also fantastic.
Zubin Mehta makes a great feast from this wonderful box of ingredients. There is a real intensity urging the listener on in this music and the great scale of the music is fully realised. Furthermore, Mehta realises the moments of repose and those tingle moments. He really does tick more of the boxes than any conductor I have ever heard in this piece.