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Mahler - Symphony No. 2 in C-Minor - Resurrection

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Mahler

SKU: 23506

Year of release: 2006

1. Allegro Maestoso Mahler 21:38
2. Andante Moderato Mahler 10:06
3. In Ruhig Fließbender Bewegung Mahler 11:17
4. Urlicht_ Sehr Feierlich, Aber Schlicht Mahler 04:52
5. Im Tempo Des Scherzo Mahler 34:17
Total time: 82:12

About this album

‘Resurrection’ (1894) is a gigantic work of enormous proportions, extreme contrasts, and a score that surpasses even his First Symphony from two years earlier. Ten horns, eight trumpets, two harps, organ, five percussionists, two vocal soloists (soprano and alto), as well as a large mixed chorus, fill the podium. And behind all this, invisible, is a ‘Fernorchester’ (distant orchestra) as a symbol of ‘the resurrection’. The work lasts for some 80 to 85 minutes, twice as long as Brahms’s Fourth or the Franck and D’Indy symphonies of the same period. And relative to a Haydn or Mozart symphony, there is a tripling in size. Only Bruckner approaches it in the length department with his Fifth and Eighth, each lasting about 75 minutes. But then Mahler, in this symphony, is dealing with the themes of life, death, and resurrection, and he took whatever space he felt that he needed. There is a strangely sharp contrast between the untroubled key of C major and the dark and turbulent contents of the work. It has been suggested that the theme of life, death, and resurrection was borne in on Mahler on the occasion of the funeral of the great conductor Hans von Bülow in 1894. In any case, the words of Klopstock that were read on that occasion are the same ones that Mahler used that year for the apotheosis (last movement) of his Second Symphony: “Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n wirst du, mein Staub, nach kurzer Ruh unsterblich Leben wird der dich rief gegeben.” (Thou shalt arise, yes, arise, my dust, after a brief slumber, thou shalt be called to immortal life). And Mahler expanded the text further with his own words: “O glaube, mein Herz. Es geht dir nichts verloren. Dein ist was du gesehnt. Dein, was du geliebt, was du gestritten. O glaube: Du wardst nicht umsonst geboren. Hast nicht umsonst gelebt, gelitten.” (O have faith, my heart. Nothing shall be lost to thee. What thou hast longed for is thine. Thine remains, what thou hast loved, what thou hast battled for. O have faith: thou wast not born for nothing. Thou hast not suffered in vain.) From liner notes (Clemns Romijn)

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Reviews

Audiophile Audition

Mahler's alternately terrifying and ecstatic visions come fiercely projected in surround sound… My whole listening space lit up, a spasm of acoustical revelation. (…) put this high on the must-have list. (…)

Klassik.com

Der Interpretation Ivan Fischers merkt man nicht nur den Mahlerkenner sondern vor allem auch den Mahlerbegeisterten an. Minutiös werden die Anweisungen der Partitur umgesetzt, Fischer versucht, jeder einzelnen Mahlerschen Intention auf den Grund zu gehen. Das gelingt tatsächlich hervorragend, nicht zuletzt wegen des sehr guten Orchesters, des Budapest Festival Orchestras. Im vierten Satz gefällt besonders Birgit Remmert mit einem geheimnisvoll mystischen Urlicht, voller Wärme in der Tongebung, eindringlich und zugleich angenehm unaufdringlich. Der in der Form so komplexe Schlusssatz – man beachte allein die Dauer einer guten halben Stunde – ist in sich geschlossen, ein steter roter Faden leitet den Hörer bis zur in Töne gesetzten Auferstehung. Wie Fischer große Spannungsbögen zieht, einen ständigen Fluss in der Musik schafft, ist wahrhaftes Hörvergnügen. Diese Aufnahme ist in jeder Hinsicht eine ernstzunehmende Erweiterung im Kanon der Mahlereinspielungen.

Opus Haute Définiton

Les couleurs, que délivre l'orchestre de Budapest, sont d'une beauté exemplaire, qu'une prise de son en pur DSD vient renforcer avec naturel et précision. Fischer laisse alors le discours musical s'épanouir en respirations idoines, marquées au sceau de l'évidence. Cette vision "moderne" semble soudainement porteuse d'une originalité que beaucoup d'autres enregistrements ne possèdent hélas pas. Un Super Audio CD stéréo et multicanal incontournable qui ravira aussi bien les mélomanes que les amateurs de prise de son de démonstration.

Parool

Meteen bij de openingsmaten, met die dreigende en onverbiddelijke figuren in de celli, spits je de oren, omdat Fischer met microdynamische accenten vanuit de stilte een spanning weet te generen doe niet vanzelfspreekt. (...) (...) Het orkest speelt prachtig en ook het Hongaars Radiokoor is op zijn taak berekend.

Hifi+

There are many great Mahler seconds available but this is the best I've heard on SACD. Truly inspired and not to be missed!

Telegraaf

Fischer spoort zijn orkest aan tot helderheid, veerkracht en een markante ritmiek. Uit de wijze waarop deze dirigent de stilte een plaats durft te geven in het betoog, spreekt groot gezag. (…)

The Guardian

the whole symphony, usually considered disjointed, comes over as exceptionally cogent, with not a duff passage or wasted note to be heard. Highly recommended.

Positive Feedback

"As an example of a full orchestral experience, we have included the opening five minutes or so of Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra performing that immense composition by Mahler, his Symphony No. 2 in C minor: Resurrection. I have listened to Mahler’s second many times over the past few decades, always deeply moved by its tense and startling exploration of faith and the resurrection of the dead. Fischer and company have carved quite a name for themselves as marvelous interpreters and performers of the work of Mahler, among others. Jared Sacks has invested enormous amounts of time in his work with Fischer and the Budapest, and his mastery of the audio arts is quite evident in his recording of the Mahler symphonies with them. Mahler is hard work for everyone involved! But the opening of the first movement of Resurrection, recorded directly to DSD, will show you just how powerfully Mahler’s creative vision has been captured in this extraordinary Channel Classics recording. Listen to this sample, and then do yourself a favor...buy the full album!" - from the booklet of the album NDSD006 'Positive Feedback DSD Sampler'

Gramophone

The crowning glory is, as it should be, the finale – and it is here that Fischer, his performers and his engineers, really excel. The ‘special effects’ of Mahler’s elaborate Judgement Day fresco have rarely been so magically realised. The offstage horns are so breathtakingly remote as to suggest the world of the living left far behind. Moments of quite extraordinary stasis precede the sounding of the Dies Irae and the hushed entry of the chorus. And come the peroration (resplendent with fabulous horns), Fischer knows that it is with that final crescendo of the chorus and only then that the heavens really pen. Impressive!!

Dallas Morning News

Even the most complex fortissimo emerges with every strand intact all wrapped (but never congested) in a warm concert-hall ambience. (…)

www. Parutions.com

une des versions les plus abouties de l'oeuvre. Les couleurs, que délivre l'orchestre de Budapest, sont d'une beauté exemplaire, qu'une prise de son en pur DSD vient renforcer avec naturel et précision. Fischer laisse alors le discours musical s'épanouir en respirations idoines, marquées au sceau de l'évidence. Cette vision "moderne" semble soudainement porteuse d'une originalité que beaucoup d'autres enregistrements ne possèdent hélas pas. Un Super Audio CD stéréo et multicanal incontournable qui ravira aussi bien les mélomanes que les amateurs de prise de son de démonstration.

La Belgique

Fischer et son Budapest Festival Orchestra se sont taillé une place de choix dans le paysage symphonique européen. Après un superbe enregistrement de la "Symphonie n°6". Ils reviennent à Mahler et signent une version tout aussi prenante de la n°2 "Résurrection". Le choeur de la radio hongroise et les voix solistes de Birgit Remmert et Lisa Milne se joignent à la réussite Le Soir

Choral Journal

Heartfelt, but never over-the-top!! (…) Mezzo-soprano Birgit Remmert makes lovely work of ‘Urlicht’ and the contributions of the choir, from velvet first entrance to final peroration are near-perfect.

mazone.com

Jared Sacks really has got the measure of recording in the new Budapest palace of Arts and, as I have indicated, the sound quality on these two SACDs is absolutely superb. The bass instruments are reproduced with much more impact than in the earlier recording, yet the overall sound has even greater transparency. The orchestra is seated as for MTT with the violins split left and right, basses on the left etc. as Mahler would have expected. This arrangement always seems to reveal a wealth of inner detail and that is certainly the case here. Throughout, the Budapest Festival Orchestra play with the utmost virtuosity for its founder and I cannot recommend this version too highly. This is a great achievement for all concerned. A

Allmusicguide

This 2005 recording by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra is a grand rendition with a forceful interpretation, gorgeous sound, and thrilling climaxes that many will find awe-inspiring (...) (...), just in terms of its audio quality, this double SACD is a collector's dream, with nearly ideal timbres and splendid resonance in 5.0 surround sound and DSD recording; so if you are looking for a "Resurrection" that sounds like the end of the world, this package may fill the bill.

The Washington Post

A beautiful performance - majestic but intimate, sweeping but tender, carefully planned and brilliantly executed… This is one of the best recordings of the 'Resurrection' Symphony ever made worthy to stand with the very different performances by Otto Klemperer and Leonard Bernstein. (…)

Stereophile

It pulls you in and on with urgency. (…) (…) so well recorded and performed, and so infused with passion, that is easily becomes one of my favourites. (…)

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationThe Palace of Arts, Budapest Hungary 2006
Recording EngineerHein Dekker, Jared Sacks
ProducerHein Dekker
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series