- Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
- Composer: Gustav Mahler
- Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: LPO
- ASIN: B00361DRBY
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Mahler: Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection'
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Focused weighty playing;the charm of the childlike movements,the mighty storm that blows through the gentle pastures of the second movement,and suitably hard-hitting judgment day climaxes. --BBC Music Magazine,sept 2010
one of the TOP ALBUMS OF 2010 --Sunday Times
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Unlike the other reviewer, I wasn't lucky enough to be there on the night but I have been hoping and praying that a live Tennstedt Resurrection would appear soon on either the LPO's own label or BBC Legends. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be as good as this.
I can't remember ever being so startled or moved by a performance of a work I know so well. Through his instrumental phrasing and tempos Tennstedt seems to bring out more of the tragedy, tension and nobility in this music than anyone else I've heard. The second movement Andante Moderato in particular is a real ear-opener with an extraordinary array of string tone but a slight emphasis towards the lower strings. This completely changes the mood of the music from the slightly sentimental interlude we are used to hearing to something altogether more bitter. In fact, it is not until the fourth movement Urlicht that we achieve the first sense of relief and it becomes the true turning point of the symphony that Mahler intended. It's utterly hypnotic and beautifully sung by Jard Van Nes, even if her rich, smoky voice does just run out of puff on the last word due to Tennstedt's broad and taxing tempo.
And so to the mighty finale. At 39 minutes it's even longer than Bernstein's NYPO recording on DG. In fact, timings are pretty similar throughout and this new release is one of the longest on record.Read more ›
I was transported back 21 years almost to the day to hear once again this fabulous performance of the Resurrection. Sitting in my seat in the Royal Festival Hall that night I was privileged to hear one of the truly great Mahler performances. With the memories of that night much in my mind and after reading the first-rate booklet notes by Andrew Mellor and Richard Morrison I was worried that the recording would not live up to the hype. Trust me, it does.
You will need to turn the volume up good and loud, put the cat out, take the phone off the hook and send the neighbours on holiday. I recall from the concert that the timpani came across with greater force but overall this Tony Faulkner engineered recording blows Haitink's recent sonically compromised Chicago account clean out of the water. The organ makes a telling contribution at the end.
And Tennstedt! This is an interpretation of sheer genius. Look, I can't find the words to say how staggering this is. For those of us who were in the hall that night it is a souvenir of a great concert; for everyone else it is one of the greatest Mahler interpretations on disc. It is not one to be played every night of the week but whatever you do, hear it and be moved beyond words. There won't be a finer CD in these anniversary years.
By looking at the timings of each movement, you may think that it is stretched just a bit too much. All I can say is - IGNORE timings - they tell you nothing whatsoever about how dynamic and colourful a performance can be. I once heard a comment that 'the wrong tempo in the right hands can work', simply because of the genuine conviction that the conductor and players bring to the performance. (By 'wrong', I think the person meant 'unconventional', whatever that is...!) Anyway, that's irrelevant here. The LPO play superbly - creating an amazingly rapt tone in the strings when needed, and tremendous bite and articulation in the wind and brass - it made me think that they really were a world-class orchestra under Tennstedt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Tennstedt/LPO recording of Mahler's 2nd Symphony is exceptional. Almost on a par with the Tennstedt/LPO recording of Mahler's 8th.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This disc was bought on the recommendation of what Tennstedt had done with the same orchestra with Mahler's Symphony No. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Doc Culbard
Mahler's Second is something very special to me. I first heard it in my mid-20's, forcing myself to listen to it every night for two weeks in an exercise to improve my... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. I. L. Goddard
Great music and a great recording - that'a all that needs to be said.Published 21 months ago by rob cowpe
I bought this CD because it was so highly recommended, primarily by reviewers who had been there at the performance. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2014 by tomtom
What can I say? A stunning, full blooded rendition of this wonderful symphony. Jard Van Nes, the mezzo, makes the Urlicht magical.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by Evil Edna
There should be two categories of reviews available for classicial music: reviews for aficionados of the particular piece, comparing the specific recording to others in their... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by DB