- Bruno Walter Collection
- Mahler Symphony No. 2 - Bruno Walter conducts the New York Philharmonic
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A new incarnation of an old Mahler favorite release !!!
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 !!!
Best of Resurrection Symphony
Everithing coming from Walter and Columbia is epic
This is a must for any Mahler's fun!
Over the years I've collected many versions of Mahler's second symphony. Obviously this one by Bruno Walter was already in the top of my favorites.I bought it just by curiosity and I have and again my expectations are exceeded due to the HDTT high quality sound.
A good old friend
Though Walter's Mahler second has not been among the absolute front-runners of the piece, it had been in the collection of serious Mahlerites ( so of course in mine as well). One may raise some complaints about the sonic but these should be due to CBS recording. HDTT issue of course surpasses my previous CD, as it happened every time.
very best performance of Mahler2
Glowing conducting and excellent recording
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