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I have several recordings of this work but my favourite remains the performance by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Rafael Kubelik with Edith Mathis (soprano) and Norma Procter (contralto) as soloists. I love the voices of the soloists, and the playing and recording of the orchestra (by DGG) I think are excellent. This performance has the advantage also of being available on a single CD - my other discs of the work are all double CDs. This is a digital remastering dating from 1969. As it was released earlier in their Classikon series at budget price, the booklet is a little sparse in information; but this performance has just been re-released.

Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony is sometimes called `the Resurrection' - referring to the `Titan' whose demise was supposed to be represented by the Symphony No.1 with its third movement funeral march. It is purely orchestral in its first three movements and partly choral, with soloists, in the final movements. There is also a fine recording of the 2nd Symphony on Decca by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Herbert Blomstedt (Ruth Ziesak and Chalotte Hellekant as soloists) and another on EMI by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle. This last recording has the lovely Arleen Auger as soprano but Janet Baker as contralto. Now Janet Baker is a fine singer but I have a personal dislike for the way she tends to swoop at notes. Which of these splendid recordings you choose is purely a matter of personal preference - I would have no other criticisms to make of any of them. There are also several boxed sets available of all the Mahler symphonies by other reliable conductors and orchestras, like Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink with the Concertgebouw Orchestras.
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