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Not the most dramatic 'Resurrection'!
on 17 February 2011
I have over the years listened to dozens of recordings of Mahler's cataclysmic 'Resurrection' symphony and have a fair number of versions on my shelves. Seeing this new recording I immediately bought it without hesitation; Rattle's earlier foray with the CBSO was very good indeed and with the Berliner's on this one I had high hopes. What a disappointment!! Tempi are at best slow and at worst soporific. The sound engineers appear to have 'flattened' everything so that the dynamics are neutralised; either that or Rattle fell asleep and the BPO are on auto-pilot. I'm no technical expert when it comes to music but my guess would be that this is technically very good indeed but it is emotionally sterile. I would suggest that if you want to invest your money in a performance then go for Solti & the Chicago SO on Decca or Tennstedt's latest with the LPO.