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MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (Woytowicz, Delorie, Cologne Radio Chorus and Symphony, W. Steinberg) (1965)

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (Woytowicz, Delorie, Cologne Radio Chorus and Symphony, W. Steinberg) (1965)

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release date: March 2012


Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Steinberg, William

Stefania Woytowicz


William Steinberg


Cologne Radio Chorus

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 79:37
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MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (Woytowicz, Delorie, Cologne Radio Chorus and Symphony, W. Steinberg) (1965)

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Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"

1 I. Allegro maestoso 19:51
 William Steinberg Soloist
2 II. Andante moderato 10:28
 Stefania Woytowicz Soloist
3 III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung 11:18
 Stefania Woytowicz Soloist


4 IV. Urlicht: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht 4:20
 Stefania Woytowicz Soloist


5 V. Finale: Im Tempo des Scherzos 33:40
 Stefania Woytowicz Soloist
 Steinberg, William

Steinberg was a frequent performer of Mahler’s works in the US though he only recorded the composer’s Symphony No.1 with Pittsburg in 1952 for Capitol Records. This blazing account from 1965 of Mahler’s titanic ’Resurrection’ Symphony in brilliant stereo sound confirms his authority as a great Mahlerian.  Dutch contralto Annie Delorie (1925-2009) gives a stunning rendition of the ’Urlicht’ and is joined in the final movement by the radiant Polish soprano Stefania Woytowicz (1922-2005). This live studio recording is a rarity, having never been issued before.

                    CD of the Week
“William Steinberg was a formidable Mahlerian and this archive retrieval of a 1965 Cologne concert is well worth hearing, if only for its crisp tempi and commendable lack of self-indulgence. The soloists Stefania Woylowicz and Anna Delorie go all warbly and the local chorus is alarmingly ragged, but the apotheosis comes off regardless. Apart from mishandling the offstage instruments and over-miking the harp, the radio recording sounds good for its age.”
Norman Lebrecht - La Scena Musicale - April 2011

"This tremendous performance of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony opens in fiery and incisive terms, the conductor pushing the music ahead with palpable energy, then lingering awhile, yet embracing wholeness – all tremendously exciting, an account aflame with emotion and rough-hewn grandeur, aided by some decidedly rustic-sounding woodwinds. It’s thrilling and fluctuations of pace are very convincing; the first movement is full of character, some of it sinister, some of it wild.... This moving and exciting performance is captured in vivid stereo sound. Forty-six years on, and even in our Mahler-sated times, there is plenty of room for a Maher 2 as good and as distinctive as this one is.” - April 2011

                        CD of the Week,
“William Steinberg was a much underrated, under-recorded Mahlerian. His tempi here in the Resurrection are textbook and the Cologne radio orchestra play well. The chorus and soloists are somewhat under-par and the sound imperfect, but the scarcity of performances in 1965 gives the occasion a seat-clenching tension.”
Norman Lebrecht - La Scena Musicale - May 2011

 “Readers who, like me, have an aversion to overly luxuriant, emotionally manipulative Mahler will delight in William Steinberg’s clear-headed 1965 Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra broadcast of the Resurrection Symphony, a startlingly direct statement of a score that is too often treated to extremes of mood and tempo. Steinberg’s straightforward route means that the great climactic denouement is both well timed and genuinely uplifting.”

Gramophone magazine - June 2011

“The interpretation is sympathetic and quite moving, and Steinberg charts a clear course through the symphony that makes it coherent and compelling. ”
All Music - March 2011

“...William Steinberg turns in a performance as powerful, both in its parts and as a totality, as anyone ever has. He gets a superb response from the orchestra, and there are moments here that really do set a new standard in this music...” - February 2011

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