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Mahler Symphony No.2 
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The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and their Music Director Riccardo Chailly have already acquired legendary status glorious reviews and many awards for their recordings testifying to their continuing success. At Leipzigs International Mahler Festival, to mark the centenary of Mahlers death, they performed his monumental Second Symphony in the Gewandhaus together with two marvellous soloists and choral forces quite beyond compare. About the final movement the composer said: The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I dont know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it.
These are two exceptional Mahler performances.Chailly's consuming joy in making music-and particular performing Mahler-shines through these moving concerts.I recommend these DVD's very highly indeed.(reviewing both Mahler 2 and 8) --IRR,Nov'11
…streamlined and sophisticated. Perfomance **** Picture and Sound ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'12
...the excellent Sarah Connolly provides a lovely,intimate reading of 'Urlict'.Strongly recommended. --Gramophone,Jan'12
For a state-of-the-art DVD of this masterpiece, there's no need to look further. EDITORS CHOICE ***** --Classic FM Magazine,Feb'12
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The performance was totally magnificient. Unbelievable. It was also shown on Arte TV later in May 2011, and I have parts of it recorded on my HDD recorder, and it is truly amazing (also the sound and the camera work). I am sure the Blu-ray (1080p) will be at least as good compared to what they showed on HD TV (720p).
There will also be a release from the same festival for Mahler's 8th symphony, and that performance is also very good (it was also shown on Arte TV). Unfortunately, I am not such a big fan of his 8th symphony, I like all others better.
I can't wait to receive this Blu-ray of Mahler 2 to give it a full and proper review.
Update Oct. 4, 2011:
I received the Blu-ray disc today, and the quality is totally amazing (picture and sound). I already mentioned how much I like this performance, it is really worth seeing. I also have Abbado's Mahler 2 from Lucerne on Blu-ray (the revised version with the improved sonics), and that one is also very very good. Can't really say which one is the better performance, since both are really great. Technically, the Chailly disc is superior (picture quality, dynamics in sound).
I am not a big fan of the cardboard packaging used on this release. Maybe it is more environmentally friendly, but I prefer my Blu-ray discs in the blue Amaray cases, since all my other Blu-ray's are like that.
But what of the performance itself?
Chailly uses a larger choir than Abbado, and the choral singing is as good as on the Abbado disc, but whereas Chailly's choir look like any choir one might see at a concert, Abbado's singers are dressed in monk-like robes and are more rigid and austere in their movements, adding to the almost religious feel of his performance.
The soloists on the Chailly disc adopt a more dramatic style than those on the Abbado disc, which suits Chailly's dramatic interpretation. In contrast, Abbado's soloists are more ethereal, stressing beauty over drama. For example, at the end of the first and second verses of the Aufersteh'n hymn, the voice of Abbado's soprano (Eteri Gvazava) soars effortlessly out of the choral background, whereas Christiane Oeize's entrance on the Chailly disc is much more evident and emphatic.
Chailly pauses (and moves off the podium) at the end of the first movement, in line with Mahler's instructions - it is at this point that the two soloists come onstage.
In the first three movements there is little to chose between Chailly and Abbado. Sarah Connolly(Chailly) and Anna Larsson (Abbado) are both good in the brief "Urlicht" movement, Larsson adopting a slightly more tender delivery.
The start of the last movement is almost literally shattering in the Chailly performance, more effective than in the Abbado performance not least because of the sound quality on the Chailly disc. From here on however I feel that Abbado captures more magic in the music as the "redemption" themes are introduced - he molds the phrases more than Chailly, whose approach to the music is a little more straightforward. This difference is enhanced by the filming: in the Abbado there are consciously constructed fade shots and soft focus effects at key points in the music (when the offstage brass first make their entry, for example) which suit Abbado's more spiritual interpretation. The camera work in the Chailly is more straightforward - this is a record of a concert performance.
Again, the state of the art sound enhances Chailly's ending of the symphony, but (that apart) there is little to choose here between Chailly and Abbado, with the latter perhaps conveying a little more "release of joy" at the very end.
The Chailly performance is magnificent by any standard (and unmatched in sound quality). Its obvious rival on disc is the Abbado Lucerne performance - also magnificent. Buy both, for their different approaches to the symphony. When you want to be thrilled go with Chailly, but when you want to be moved choose Abbado.
The level of the audio, to my opinion, is a little bit low an is less impressive comparing Abbado's Mahler.
One more irritating point- there is no resume.When you stop it goes to the beginning - it is a pity.
In spite of the above,it is a very good bluray.