on 9 April 2011
Interpretations of the 2nd Symphony vary quite widely, at least to my listening. I would describe this as a rich reading. I don't mean that it is heavy-handed; far from it both Gergiev and the LSO are in fine form. But the sound throughout is very rich and full (not a bad thing, of course, and indeed very much in keeping with what Mahler wanted). The overall achievement is, I think, superb. Conductor, orchestra, soloists(Elena Mosuc and Zlata Bulycheva)and the choir (LSC) give a performance that I found stunning and immensely satisfying. Quite the most rewarding 2nd I have heard for a long time - and that includes the new BPO recording. The disc also includes the Adagio from Symphony 10.
on 26 March 2009
The music itself is excellent, however the organisation of the disc is annoying. The first movement of Symphony No 2 is 21'50" and is on the first disc. The other 4 movements are on the second disc, together with the adagio from Symphony No 10 which is 22'13" so you have to change discs after the first movement. The Symphony No 10 adagio being one movement should have been on one disc and the whole of Symphony No 2 the other disc.