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Benjamin Zander - Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - MahlerReviews.com


15 December 2013
MahlerReviews.com
Huntley Dent

Linn's sonics are detailed...ensemble is unimpeachable throughout...

The minuet-like second movement is very freely phrased...The passionate interjections in this movement are well handled and played. In the 'Scherzo' Zander grasps that Mahler based the music on a humorous Wunderhorn song, not a solemn one, and his handling is pointed and eft. 

At full volume the impact of the percussion is nearly terrifying...As you'd expect from one of Europe's best choruses, the choral contribution from breathless hush to commanding oration is beautiful, and beautifully captured on disc. Zander luxuriates in the sound...


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