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Mahler 2 review in The Sunday Times of London

Posted: 2014-01-17 10:31:00


January 12, 2014

This week’s essential new releases

Mahler Symphony No.2 ('Resurrection')
Soloists, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Benjamin Zander

The central place of the Resurrection Symphony in Mahler's career, musically and biographically, is brought out vividly by Benjamin Zander in the riveting lecture-recital that, as is his wont, the British-born American conductor adds to his recording on the third CD. The richly coloured performance, by a Philharmonia on top form, bears out many of Zander's points, not least the vital importance in Mahler of a clarity of texture in which every line is audible. His argument for a slower than usual tempo in the spectral scherzo is also vindicated. The British mezzo Sarah Connolly is the eloquent soloist in "Urlicht". Essential listening.


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