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Joe Banno
The Classical Review, June 2012

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20222
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20238

Riccardo Chailly, in his live performances and his stunningly engineered, recorded cycle of the Mahler symphonies…has most often seemed what might be called an engaged objectivist: musical architecture and internal clarity have always seemed of paramount importance to this conductor, but he also knows how to tap these scores for their vivid color as well as for their sizeable dramatic impact.

A new pair of Accentus Music DVDs…gives us a taste of Chailly’s recent thinking on this composer, preserving performances of Symphonies Nos. 2 (Resurrection) and 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig from the International Mahler Festival Leipzig…

Some aspects of these readings reinforce what might be expected from Chailly’s Mahler. The textures have a transparency, and the shaping of phrases a structural logic that’s familiar from past performances.

But, in another way, these DVDs are something of a revelation. I can’t remember other Chailly Mahler that’s felt quite as emotionally involved as what is heard here. Granted, watching this conductor at work…leaves the viewer in no doubt about the level of fervent commitment on which he’s operating…The musicians, too, dig into both scores with a febrile, physical attack on phrases; clearly, no one is treating these concerts as business-as-usual, weekly-subscription fare.

Yet it’s the music-making itself, quite apart from the visual stimulus the cameras provide, that shows Chailly…to be a more warmly communicative, more viscerally responsive Mahler conductor. Much of the time, his rubato is subtle and organic.

There’s affectionate sculpting and a decided elasticity in the phrasing, and the programmatic material the orchestra has during the latter movements of the Resurrection…certainly generates a great deal of atmosphere in Chailly’s hands.

The orchestra (featuring some notably thrilling brass playing) and the chorus are on top form, and the soloists are a generally strong lot—with special pleasure given by Georg Zeppenfeld’s dark, elegant bass in the Eighth, and Christiane Oelze’s lyrical but full-toned soprano in the Second. The sound engineering is wonderfully wide-ranging, clear and rich, and the visual component is cleanly rendered… © 2012 The Classical Review Read complete review

David Gutman
Gramophone, January 2012

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20238
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20222

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, December 2011

Recorded live…with visuals sensitively directed by Michael Beyer, the DVD is a monument to remembrance and to the difficult and still-in-progress resurrection of the area where the World Trade Center towers once stood. This is one of those performances whose occasion clearly lent grandeur and intensity to the musicians: the famously fractious New York Philharmonic plays glowingly, and the soloists and chorus sing with warmth and intensity in a reading that perhaps places overmuch emphasis on the choral portions of the finale but that does so in a very worthy cause. Scarcely a Christmas recording, yet oddly right for the season, Gilbert’s performance of Mahler’s Second is quite worthy in itself, and even more so in the context of a season that bears within it…as winter always does with relation to spring…the promise of new life to come. © 2011 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

Robert Benson, October 2011

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’ (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20238
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20222

…you will not find another recording of Symphony of a Thousand with soloists superior to those heard here. And the performances are outstanding in every way—brilliant orchestral playing under Chailly’s benevolent leadership, and expert choruses. If you love Mahler’s music you must get these videos. Camera work is just about perfect…Audio is excellent, rich and wide in dynamic range, and well-balanced. Don’t miss these! Read complete review

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