Kubelik/SBR – Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (‘Resurrection’) (2LP, 180g German pressing)

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# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: audite Records | 80.402
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.17GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.57GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (397MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

From the label:

In the Second Symphony different types of music characters are connected, ranging from folkloristic, religious-associative and serenade-like elements to Brucknerian intensifications and novel alienation. Mahler’s own programmatic references offer an important means of approaching the idea behind this Symphony.

The live recording of 8 December 1982 was made in the Herkulessaal of the Residenz in Munich; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir perform under the proven leadership of the Mahler specialist, Rafael Kubelik.

Review:

This Kubelik Mahler Two is the latest in Audite’s series of live Bavarian Radio broadcast concerts. As an interpretation it shares many of the virtues of Kubelik’s 1960s studio recording on Deutsche Grammophon–a warmly dramatic conception with special care taken in key passages, such as the wildly energetic march in the fifth movement and the beautifully drawn out heaven-storming conclusion. Kubelik coaxes some lovingly tender playing from the Bavarian strings in the more lyrical passages, especially the first movement’s second subject and the gently paced Andante, and Edith Mathis and Brigitte Fassbaender contribute some beautiful solo singing.

– Victor Carr Jr, classicstoday.com

Track listing:

Side One
01 – I. Allegro maestoso

Side Two
02 – II. Andante moderato

Side Three
03 – III. (Scherzo) In ruhig fließender Bewegung
04 – IV. “Urlicht”: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht

Side Four
04 – V. Im Tempo des Scherzos

Edith Mathis – soprano
Brigitte Fassbaender – contralto

Additional info can be found here.

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