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MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (Saturova, Naef, Philadelphia Singers Chorale, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eschenbach)

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release date: March 2011


Philadelphia Orchestra

Eschenbach, Christoph

Yvonne Naef


Christoph Eschenbach


Philadelphia Singers Chorale

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Total Time - 87:26
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Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'


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1 I. Allegro maestoso 22:35
 Yvonne Naef Soloist
2 II. Andante moderato 11:14
 Christoph Eschenbach Soloist

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1 III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung 10:34
 Yvonne Naef Soloist
2 IV. Urlicht: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht 5:50
 Yvonne Naef Soloist
3 V. Finale: Im Tempo des Scherzos - 21:00
 Christoph Eschenbach Soloist


4 V. Langsam - Misterioso 16:13
 Yvonne Naef Soloist
 Eschenbach, Christoph

Music for the soul - One of the great Mahler conductors of our time, Christoph Eschenbach has a particularly close connection to the spiritual spheres of pain and relief in the music of Gustav Mahler. His recording of the Sixth Symphony, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, was hailed by Gramophone as “maybe the Sixth of first choice, sonically and interpretatively,” and stated, "No Mahlerian will want to miss it!” (OD 1084).

This new release features the Second Symphony ("Resurrection"), which was one of Mahler’s most popular and successful works during his lifetime. The celestial "Urlicht" song of the fourth movement is performed by the celebrated mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef. The famous chorus of the Finale ("Auferstehung") features Simona Šaturová and Yvonne Naef with The Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

"Yvonne Naef...turns in one of the finest accounts of the fourth movement ("Urlicht") on disc...The first movement has a rugged intensity that recalls Klemperer, and the insanely powerful, crushing brass chords that usher in the recapitulation have to be heard to be believed. Here is another case where taking a risk pays off: Eschenbach really slams on the brakes here, and if you’re going to do that the brass had better blow their collective lips off - and so they do... The playing of the Philadelphia Orchestra is pretty outstanding."

David Hurwitz - - January 2009

   Supersonic Award

Rémy Franck - Pizzicato -  February 2009

"...The first movement captures lightning in a bottle unlike anything since the live, 1951 Otto Klemperer outing with the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Everything else about the performance - chorus, soloists, and well-rounded sound quality - puts the Philadelphia set among the finest recordings of this oft-heard symphony."

David Patrick Stearns - The Philadelphia Inquirer - 1 February 2009

"Yes, there are 93 Mahler Seconds, but this one belongs in your collection. It’s message ... is glorious."

Robert Levine - - April 2009

"This is a first-rate performance and recording of Mahler’s "Resurrection" Symphony, easily out-classing most of the recent additions to the catalog ... I place it ...among my highest recommendations in any medium."

Christopher Abbot - Fanfare Magazine -  May/June 2009

"In ’Urlicht’ there’s a palpable presence in the brass chorales, and Eschenbach’s ... sensitive mezzo, Yvonne Naef, breaks up the long phrases he demands with intelligence, and conveys warm human sympathy throughout."

David Nice - BBC Music Magazine - June 2009

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