Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster



Site News

What's New for
July/August 2014?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter

Affiliates

In association with
Amazon
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

ArkivMusic
CD Universe

HBDirect

JPC

ArkivMusic

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

SACD Review

Gustav Mahler

Tudor 7158

Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

Anne Scwanewilms, soprano
Lioba Braun, alto
Bamberg Symphony Choir & Orchestra/Jonathan Nott
Tudor 7158 84m Hybrid Multichannel SACD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon JapanOrder Now from ArkivMusic.comFind it at CD Universe

Jonathan Nott has already established himself as one of the finest Mahler conductors around and his progressing cycle of the symphonies on Tudor continues to impress with this latest version of the "Resurrection", perhaps one of the most difficult to bring off.

However he is definitely not overawed by such luminaries in this great symphony (Klemperer, Tennstedt and Bernstein come to mind) as you can sense that Nott is his own man from the confidence and assuredness which permeate the sounds of the first movement. I also warmed to the gentle pacing of the Allegro moderato which has some exquisite playing by the much improved Bamberg strings.

The third movement perhaps lacks a bit of the unerring tension which one finds in Klemperer's famous EMI recording but the ravishing "Urlicht" is as sensitive as they come with Schwanewilms and Braun on top form. The Finale is a bit of a mixed bag but the thrilling SACD sound is really put to the test in the part where the Judgment Day is recreated with the trumpets really coming from the four corners of the Earth! For that effect alone, the set is worth its money. Detailed notes and fine presentation round off a most satisfying new Mahler recording which surely deserves serious investigation.

Copyright © 2010, Gerald Fenech.

Trumpet