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Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 20 February 1989
Total playing time: 93:57
DDD Stereo
Released March 2010

CD: Mahler – Symphony No. 2

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
Yvonne Kenny soprano
Jard van Nes mezzo soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Although serious illness had forced him to relinquish the Principal Conductorship of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987, Klaus Tennstedt was able to return a number of times in the following years as Conductor Laureate. In February 1989 he conducted two performances of Mahler’s mighty 'Resurrection' Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The concerts quickly acquired legendary status; those present talked of an incredible interpretation shot through with emotion, conviction, musical depth and tangible atmosphere, captured here in this live recording.

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Reviews

'This live version of the "Resurrection" is frequently startling – extremely expansive but exciting, dramatic and highly charismatic … The playing and singing are excellent, and the recording, made by the Music Performance Research Centre, is near-faultless. Those curious about the "Tennstedt effect", what Andrew Mellor in the sleeve note describes as "living art of the most acute profundity", should investigate without delay.'
Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 22 March 2010

'A remarkable performance … In addition, the sonics are absolutely mind-blowing, having all the depth and atmosphere of surround sound.'
Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare, July/August 2010

'There’s really nothing that needs to be said about this performance, except that everyone should hear it … The acoustic and Tennstedt’s timing make the last two chords of the second movement one of the exquisite moments in sonic history. It’s pointless to try to name a "best" recording of any work, but those who don’t know this symphony could do no better than to explore this version, and those who do will still find something beyond any previous experience of the piece.'
William R Braun, Opera News, 27 July 2010

'The brass section is positively heroic in the outer movements, the woodwinds in the scherzo are an unalloyed delight. Jard Van Nes offers one of the best accounts of "Urlicht" on disc – full of feeling and a keen sense of the text.'
classicstoday.com, 2010

Awarded a Diapason d'Or, June 2010

'The brass section is positively heroic in the outer movements, the woodwinds in the scherzo are an unalloyed delight. Jard Van Nes offers one of the best accounts of "Urlicht" on disc – full of feeling and a keen sense of the text.' classicstoday.com, 2010

'The playing and singing are excellent, and the recording, made by the Music Performance Research Centre, is near-faultless. Those curious about the "Tennstedt effect", what Andrew Mellor in the sleeve note describes as "living art of the most acute profundity", should investigate without delay.' The ArtsDesk

"the sonics are absolutely mindblowing, having all the depth and atmosphere of surround sound' Fanfare Magazine

Awarded a Diapason d'Or, June 2010.

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