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Mahler - Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’

Composer Gustav Mahler
Performer Sasha Cooke
Ruby Hughes
Minnesota Chorale
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2296 SACD
EAN 7318599922966
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2019
Total time 84'08


Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony started life as a single-movement tone poem called Todtenfeier (‘Funeral Rites’). Completed in 1888 – one year before Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration – it echoed the composer's vision of seeing himself lying dead in a funeral bier surrounded by flowers. Deciding to use it as his opening movement, Mahler didn't finish the complete five-movement symphony until more than six years later,&&& the longest time he spent on any work. The huge scale of the work apart, its weighty subject matter may well have contributed to the slow progress: Mahler himself outlined a scenario making references to the ultimate meaning of life and death (first movement), recollections of lost innocence and the desperation of unbelief (second and third movements), the return to naïve faith (fourth movement) and final redemption from the last judgement (finale). To convey this he took recourse to the human voice: incorporating a solo alto in the 4th movement Urlicht, he went on in the finale to risk comparison with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by introducing a choir, as well as a soprano and alto soloist. Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä have received praise for their previous Mahler recordings (‘Vänskä and the orchestra are among the finest exponents of Mahler’s music...’, allmusic.com). The team is here joined by soloists Ruby Hughes and Sasha Cooke and the Minnesota Chorale in the deeply moving close to the vast and tumultuous panorama that is his Second Symphony.
 
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  Gustav Mahler
  Symphony No.2 in C minor - 'Resurrection' 84'36
01 I.Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck 23'38
02 II. Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich 10'00
03 III. Scherzo. In ruhig fließender Bewegung 10'53
04 IV. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht 5'28
05 V. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend – Wieder zurückhaltend – Langsam. Misterioso 34'37
 
  Album total 84'08
ComposerMahler, Gustav
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
SopranoHughes, Ruby
Mezzo-sopranoCooke, Sasha
ChoirMinnesota Chorale

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