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Press Release for new recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 on Linn Records

Benjamin Zander Launches New Linn Recording Series with Mahler's Symphony No. 2

Posted: 2013-09-26 09:18:00

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' 

Benjamin Zander, conductor

Philharmonia Orchestra

with Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano, Miah Persson, soprano, and the Philharmonia Chorus conducted by Stefan Bevier



Mahler: Symphony No. 2 heralds Benjamin Zander’s debut recording with Linn and continues his hugely successful series of Mahler recordings. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ is one of the grandest and most moving pieces in the orchestral repertoire. This exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful piece perfectly showcases Zander’s distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity.

Zander and the Philharmonia Orchestra take the listener on an electrifying ride in this new recording. The first movement is a turbulent tour de force filled with contrast and magnificent climaxes that keep the listener on their seat. The Philharmonia’s string playing is rich, the bass-lines apocalyptic and the woodwinds wonderfully expressive. Sarah Connolly’s ‘Ulricht’ is heartfelt and startlingly beautiful. The finale is truly epic: it’s filled with terror, urgency and finally relief, leaving the listener in awe at this sonic masterpiece.

A Grammy-nominated conductor, Zander has established an impressive reputation as arguably the most devoted Mahlerian of today, having previously released seven of the nine symphonies to critical acclaim. This exciting new recording features soloists Sarah Connolly, one of the foremost British mezzo-sopranos who has impressed at La Scala and Glyndebourne, and Swedish soprano Miah Persson, who is in great demand with the major opera houses including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York.

An infectiously enthusiastic communicator, Benjamin Zander has also recorded a detailed and highly informative discussion of Mahler’s second symphony to accompany the recording, which is available to all customers from for free.

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