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Maybe the best Mahler 2nd out there in really rich and detailed sound.
My review is based on the 24/192 DVD Audio disk of this famous recording. Bruno Walter was fortunate to record in early stereo a work he has been noted for his many performances of, and which he has known ever since the work was presented by its composer. So no doubt, his performance will be one to remain at the top of the list for its authoritative basis. However, it seems that the master that was used for this high definition presentation apparently was a tape that was equalized using the RIAA recording curve which is used to produce LP discs, and which won't properly work for CDs or download playback. As a result, the high frequencies are extremely shrill (boosted) as well as the low frequencies. As a result, I had to judiciously lower both the treble and bass controls on my amplifier to equalize the highs and lows toward a listenable and tolerable medium. The dynamics have been improved on the remastering in comparison to my original Columbia Masterworks 6-eye LP recording of this performance. If you get this recording, make sure that you make the necessary adjustments on your amplifier tone controls or system equalizer to make the listening experience better.
This is an incredible recording - detail like I’ve never heard before. I have many Mahler 2’s and this is by far the most detailed recording - there’s detail here lost in many more modern recordings. And as always, HDTT have done a great job transferring this stunning recording from the tape. Don't even think about it if you're a Mahler fan and don't yet have this one - just buy it!
Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer were my college aged intro to Mahler's music. Not a bad start, since both conductors were the composer's protege's to some extent. I've regarded both of their Mahler Second Symphonies as touchstones. I already got the HDTT Otto Klemperer (or was it somewhere else? Sorry I forget); now I am so pleased to get the DSD mastering of the Bruno Walter. This has to be the most vivid sound this release has ever had available, perhaps short of the original masters that SONY has never seen fit to issue in SACD. The soloists are Emilia Cundari (SOP) and the unforgettable Maureen Forrester (ALTO). The choir is Westminster College (now part of Rider University), and they have a kind of presence that aptly suits this particular symphony. The NYPO is playing at a very high level, though I do not wish to make comparisons as this reading is still a musical treasure to me. HDTT is doing all of us who knew the golden age of stereo on vinyl a heartfelt service by remastering and re-releasing this and other recordings from that now long past era. Mahler fans must give this release a listen; it stands as high as Otto Klemperer in my esteem. Maureen Forrester has ever since been my touchstone for how well other ALTOs do in this symphony. Bravo, HDTT !!!
Everithing coming from Walter and Columbia is epic
Title: Mahler Symphony no. 2 in C Minor "Resurrection"
Artist(s): Bruno Walter conducts The New York Philharmonic
Choir – Westminster Choir
Choir Director – John Finley Williamson
Contralto – Maureen Forrester
Soprano – Emilia Cundari
Recording Info: Recorded by Columbia Records at the Carnegie Music Hall
February 18, 1957, February 17 & 21, 1958
Transferred from a 15ips two track tape
I - Allegro Maestoso 21:36
II - Andante Moderato 10:36
III - In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung 10:48
IV - "Urlicht" Sehr Feierlich, Aber Schlicht 4:10
V - Im Tempo Des Scherzos - Kräftig - Langsam. Misterioso (Beginning) 13:28
V - Im Tempo Des Scherzos - Kräftig - Langsam. Misterioso (Conclusion) 18:40
Total Time: 1:19:18