"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 - ClassicsToday.com - January 2009
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 - Stereophile.com - 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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