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Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra along with Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), Christa Ludwig (contralto) and the Vienna State Opera Chorus in a performance of Gustav Mahler's famed Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection".
. . . one of the best, if not the very best rendition of this composition that has ever been recorded, and since its original release in 1975, has been on the short list of its most recommended recordings . . . A true embarrassment of riches, all three high-resolution versions are sonically outstanding . . . The orchestral colors are natural with visceral presentation of the tympani at the beginning of the third movement and the massive brass chorales in the fifth movement. But the crown jewel of the VPO is their string section that gets the appropriate warmth as would be found in the concert hall. The solo vocalists also receive near perfect miking with a real live performance perspective . . . this one takes the audio sweepstakes prize for most life-like sound. It does not hurt that all of the stars aligned in this performance with obvious synergy between conductor, orchestra, and vocal forces . . . I have heard none better in any respect than this account from Vienna, now lovingly given the High Fidelity Pure Audio treatment. Belying its nearly four decades of age, Ray Minshull's Decca recording team really got this one right in the fabulous Sofiensaal performance venue. If you do not already own this magnificent symphony (or even if you have another performance) this is one that you must add to your library while it is still available. --Lawrence D. Devoe, Blu-rayDefinition.com
Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection"
1. Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck 21:10
2. Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich 10:12
3. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung 10:27
4. "O Röschen rot! Der Mensch liegt in grösster Not!" (Sehr feierlich aber schlicht) Text from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Urlicht" 5:26
5. 5a. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend 9:45
6. 5b. Maestoso. Sehr zurückhaltend - Wieder zurückhaltend 7:33
7. 5c. Sehr langsam und gedehnt 2:21
8. 5d. "Aufersteh'n, ja aufersteh'n wirst du" (Langsam. Misterioso) - Text after F.G. Klopstock: "Auferstehung" 6:39
9. 5e. "O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube" (Etwas bewegter) Text after F.G. Klopstock: "Auferstehung" 7:39