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Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, December 2012

After an exhausting double centenary that spawned a fair number of ho-hum Mahler recordings comes a ‘Resurrection’ to die for. Riccardo Chailly and his Gewandhaus forces are simply transported—and transporting—in this live performance, filmed at the 2012 Leipzig Mahlerfest. Visually and aurally this Accentus Blu-ray is as good as it gets. © 2012 MusicWeb International

Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, June 2012

JANSONS, Mariss: Music is the Language of the Heart and Soul (Documentary, 2011) / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2 (Jansons) (Blu-Ray, HD) 709804
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10238

Each of these new videos presents a performance that will satisfy the most ardent and jaded critic. Both orchestras are at home with the score and the soloists in each are well-matched.

I watched the Jansons first and heard a very romantic performance, indicating that the conductor is comfortable with the score and views the work as belonging to its past and not as a portent of things to come.

I may not have felt this so acutely had I not, soon after, played the Chailly version. There is a real sense of hearing something new and exciting…from unexpected, subtle instrumental inflections and phrasing to the just perceptible spaces between phrases. The musicians are caught up in the excitement and significance of their parts, often playing like they have their feet in ice-water. The last movement and the closing pages are devastating. Repeated viewings have not dampened my enthusiasm for the Chailly in any way. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, January 2012

Dull this ‘Resurrection’ most certainly isn’t, and I came away from it with renewed admiration for maestro Chailly. There’s so much to cherish in this performance, from the burnished playing and deeply felt singing to the fine picture and unrivalled sound. Indeed, if I were awarding stars for sonics this would easily be a five out of five; it’s every bit as immersive as the Decca Blu-ray of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet… Purely as a performance—and I’m thinking of recent CDs as well—Chailly’s is a thoroughly satisfying alternative to those visceral, more urgent accounts from Jonathan Nott, James Levine and Simone Young; but if we’re talking DVD or Blu-ray, this newcomer sweeps the board. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Gutman
Gramophone, January 2012

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10238
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10222

The present DVDs preserve the opening and closing nights of the Leipzig’s high-powered, multi-orchestra International Mahler Festival held last May. …the clarity, range and depth of sound, allied to the exceptional quality of the singing and playing, are certain to impress.

Interpretatively speaking, Chailly’s Resurrection is unashamedly mainstream, more straightforward than Bernstein’s, sunnier and more muscular than Abbado’s, with forthright contributions from harp and percussion. …the excellent Sarah Connolly provides a lovely, intimate reading of the ‘Urlicht’ and there is no lack of tension as the epic finale crashes in.

The performance of the Eighth…has real weight and it is fair to say that the sonic impact of the work’s stupefying final pages has never been more faithfully conveyed on disc. The hushed choral singing, with crucial entries always perfectly calibrated, is a marvel in itself…these renditions must go right to the top of the list on technical grounds, irrespective of sound carrier.

Strongly recommended. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, December 2011

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10238
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10222

The performances on these two Accentus Blu-ray DVDs are highly detailed in excellent sound and with splendid singing, and are competitive with most of the better efforts…the sound on both recordings is vivid, and the camera work is excellent. © 2011 Classical Net Read complete review

Jean-Charles Hoffelé
Diapason, November 2011

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20238
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10238

the bright tone of the strings, the slightly dry timbre of the brass and the delicacy of the woodwinds all illuminate this ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. The listener is struck by the precision of his gestures, the force of his intentions and the passion with which this splendid orchestra follows its principal conductor. See original review in French

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