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Mahler 2 review in The Sunday Times of London

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

SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON
CULTURE SECTION

January 12, 2014

This week’s essential new releases


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