Originally released in March 1988. Featuring Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, with soloists Barbara Hendricks, Christa Ludwig and The Westminister Choir.
This is the most imposing performance of this symphony currently available. The tempos are rather slow, but Leonard Bernstein sustains the music's tension superbly, and the climaxes are every bit as overwhelming as they must be to justify the time he takes getting there. The concerts from which this recording derives were among the musical events of a lifetime, and much of that sense of occasion has found its way onto this disc. If you want to be blown away by music, then this LP is for you.
Bernstein's second Mahler cycle recorded for Deutsche Grammophon involved recordings by orchestras closely linked to Mahler's compositional and conductorial output, including the New York Philharmonic. Mahler himself conducted the New York Philharmonic during a brief tenure between 1909 and his death in 1911.
Although there are many similarities between the first and second cycles, Bernstein's later conducting style is often slower and more heavily expressive than his more youthful approach in the 1960s.
Presented as a Deluxe 2 180 Gram Vinyl Box Set! • Housed in 1' 1/2" x 1' 1/2" x 5/8" Box
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
The Westminster Choir
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No. 2
LP1 - Side 1:
1. Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier)
LP1 - Side 2:
1. Andante moderato
2. (Scherzo) In ruhig fieBender Bewegung
LP2 - Side 3:
1. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
2. Im Tempo des Scherzos
LP2 - Side 4:
1. (Fortsetzung / conclusion / conclusione) Wieder zuruckhaltend