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Christopher Abbot
Fanfare, May 2012

I reviewed the DVD release of this video in Fanfare 31:1, where it received a rating of “highly recommended.” Pierre Boulez clearly has the measure of this score…Boulez’s interpretation is notable for the clarity of the orchestral textures, and especially the delineation of the inner voices.

This Blu-ray, however, is a game-changer. “Awesome” has unfortunately been rendered practically meaningless by overuse, but the sound in DTS-HD surround is truly awe-inspiring, particularly in the finale (I have never heard deeper or more reverberant low tones). Boulez has structured a final movement of Bernstein-like breadth, but where Bernstein can sometimes seem bloated, particularly in his last, live DG recording from New York, Boulez keeps the long line taut, and with every instrument clearly audible, Mahler’s colossal achievement is fully realized.

…if forced to choose only one video Mahler Second to recommend…it would be this new Blu-ray disc. Outstanding. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2012

Here Boulez is marginally better…Soprano Diana Damrau…is truly superb here and mezzo Petra Lang is as compelling as the quite excellent Sarah Connolly.

Boulez draws precise and powerful performances from his orchestra, offering a first movement full of drama and tension and a Ländler with grace and, in the darker sections, an unsettling, restive sense. The Scherzo is spirited, with splendid woodwind playing…Lang’s Urlicht is well sung, conveying the sense of longing and sadness and hope in beautiful creamy tones. In the finale the orchestral playing and choral singing are superb…The ending is powerful and crowns this magnificent performance with a sense of triumphant finality…

EuroArts’ sound reproduction is vivid and powerful and their camera work excellent. Highly recommended! © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review

Robert Benson, December 2011

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Boulez) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2054424
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2053264
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058574

Now we have three new issues two of which are Blu Ray reissue (Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez). Abbado’s with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra was recorded in 2003, first reviewed on this site by the late R.D. when issued on CD. The same recording was issued on DVD covered on this site in 200. Now the same performance is released yet again, but this time remastered for Blu Ray, and it has never sounded better. This same Blu Ray issue is included in the 4 disk Blu Ray set listed above where it is joined by Abbado’s previously released recordings of symphonies 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, and surely this is the set to get even if you might already have several of the others. This is an incredible bargain—4 Blu Ray disks at a bargain price. The set also includes two other works originally issued coupled with the symphonies, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Yuja Wang, and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with Magdalena Kozena. …the 4-disk set which surely is the better purchase. © 2011 Read complete review

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