Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)

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LABELS: Chandos Collect
WORKS: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)
PERFORMER: Felicity Lott, Julia Hamari; Latvian State Academic Choir, Oslo PO & Chorus/Mariss Jansons
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 6595/6 ADD (1990)
Jansons’s resolutely earthbound Resurrection tells little of the ensuing human drama in this most visionary and cataclysmic of Mahler’s symphonies. From the fearsome protestations of the opening funeral march, to the heaven-storming spiritual affirmation of the choral finale, there’s little here to unsettle; less still to astonish! As ever with Mahler, it’s what lies beyond the text which challenges; Jansons’s sanitised entreaties, however ably delivered, offer at best a faltering glimpse of the hereafter! Wide of the mark then, despite reliable playing and decent vocal contributions. The sound lacks some of the sheer punch of earlier Chandos recordings from Oslo’s Philharmonic Hall.Michael Jameson