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This recording has everything in it for everyone!

I've listened to every other new and old version of Mahler 2 (Leonard Bernstein, Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, etc.) and this is the best. Gilbert Kaplan spent years analyzing this score, and then spent a fortune on Mahler's baton, personal copy of the score as well as renting out the original symphony, choir and performing space in which it was performed. The result is this. Do not be intimidated by 42 songs; there are no breaks in the movements where no rest is present. The breaking of the tracks is Kaplan's analysis of Mahler's thoughts at that time. This is the best version and has the most satisfying climax of anything in classical music.


This isn't the best Mahler 2, and shouldn't be regarded as such. But I like it. Kaplan, as shorton mentioned, had a hugely historically accurate performance of this enormously dark piece, and, also as shorton mentioned, the 42 songs shouldn't be looked upon with anything but love, as it allows me, and will allow you, to return to favorite moments in the symphony. The Finale is quite incredible, and despite the fact that Kaplan doesn't get the amount of organ pedal that others do, the rest of the symphony is well balanced and has excellent, warm sound.

Pretty good, pretty good!

Any Mahler fan will know about Gilbert Kaplan’s recording with Vienna and London. I have the latter, recorded in 1990 for the MCA label, and I just purchased this! This recording, like the London recording, is nothing special. But, apparently, it’s supposed to be as close to what Mahler had written as possible. This meant recording an off-site organ for a proper weight, and even off-site bells for London. Luckily, only an off-site bell set was recorded for this. Vienna gets their own organ. This recording comes off as slightly less boring, and mechanical than the London recording, but still just a bit. There’s no emotion to the piece. What’s more unsatisfying is that Gil Kaplan does only this. He goes around the world, conducting the piece as Mahler wrote it. His re-issue with Vienna is no better. The funny thing is, Kaplan isn’t even a conductor. He’s a historian. Look him up for more info.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Gilbert Kaplan
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jul 24, 2003

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