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Mahler Symphony No 2 Vienna Philharmonic Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez towering Mahler cycle continues with this deeply felt and literally moving performance. Under Boulez the sprawling 2nd Symphony unfolds as a single great arc of sound, ascending from chaos to joy and finally grace. This is a performance to stand with Leonard Bernstein's incomparable (and very different) first New York Philharmonic/Columbia interpretation and has left this listener with a sense of profound gratitude for the wonder of its accomplishments. Mahler's 2nd Symphony is a vast work that takes the "hero" of the putative program of the 1st Symphony through conflict, trial, hell and ultimately to the heavenly gates. In the wrong hands the piece can collapse into a series of broad (and potentially vulgar) gestures, but here the great march to destiny seems preordained and inevitable. As expected the Vienna Philharmonic plays with exceptional precision in this performance. Boulez is renowned for his ability to bring out inner lines, and details in a score sometimes missed by other conductors and certainly the VPO delights in what he can reveal from Mahler's immensely colorful score, but this reading is far more than just a series of spotlightings. At the risk of being repetitive, the great glory of this performance is its sense of movement towards an organic and inevitable destiny. The soloists and chorus are wonderful in the last two movements, and even the final organ crescendo is audible in this very clear recording. A superb effort that is one of the very best readings ever recorded of this score!


Okay, so it is safe to say that the two idiots who posted reviews below are not fans of classical music. So people who aren't fans of classical music shouldn't buy a classical album, and then proceed to trash one of Mahler's most beloved scores. And that's all I have to say about that. From the opening hit of the violin, to the beautiful revelation that is the last movement, this piece takes you on a journey. What I love about it, is that it is a constant struggle between good and evil. Although it has been dubbed as the "Resurrection", Mahler never gave it that name or intended for it to be called by that name. However, I can understand why some would want to call it that. But for me, he has composed a score that really captures that constant struggle between good and evil, something that everyone can relate to. Even though critics during his time didn't understand his music, it is safe to say that Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor is one of the most brilliant scores to come out of the Romantic Period. If you have time, you should sit down and read, paint, or do something creative while listening to the entire score. I know it sounds daunting because it is so long, but you will enjoy every minute of it. If you are a fan of classical music, than this album will literally move you. However, if you are not interested in classical music like the two reviewers below, than this album is OBVIOUSLY not for you...

A fine performance

Boulez' Mahler cycle has been variable. Its greatest moments have come from the VPO(6th), which continues, though to a slightly lesser degree in this version of Mahler's Magnificent Resurrection Symphony. For Mahlerites, there will be some details you may not have noticed before brought out by the greatest "ear" in the conducting business(unfortunately he is a donkey when it comes to composing)


Born: March 26, 1925 in Montbrison, France

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After initially studying mathematics, Boulez entered the Paris Conservatoire as a student in theory and harmony (he failed the pianists' entrance examination). His principal teacher was Messiaen, and he also studied counterpoint privately with Andrée Vaurabourg. According to Boulez, composition was a form of aesthetic research and should be pursued logically. He viewed personal stylistic development as having no importance and deemed atonality as necessary. He adopted 12-tone serialism after being...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: May 24, 2006

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