Mahler’s extraordinary Second Symphony deals with the epic themes of life, death, faith, and love. He employs a vast orchestra in a search for salvation through spirituality, including a battery of brass, two soloists, and choir. The theme of death also pervades his unfinished Tenth, yet here one finds a sense of peace and a heartfelt expression of human love.
"powerfully presented by Gergiev and the LSO, with excellent playing from all sections."
"restlessly probing and adrenally free-flowing, pointing up the music’s soul-searching and daring musical juxtapositions. With Gergiev the music’s emotional subtext comes bubbling to the surface."