Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” [2CD]

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The Israeli Philharmonic has this music in their bones and they play as if their life depended on it. In addition, the two soloists rise to this sense of occasion. Ludwig, a frequent collaborator with Levine, sings her great solo with beauty and the appropriate gravitas.

In fact, everyone involved seemed to sense that this performance was an occasion. The recording is in excellent stereo sound. This is especially impressive because this recording was probably taped for a radio broadcast. Moreover, the date of this performance catches Levine in what is perhaps the greatest period of his long career: the middle. Here he has just the right mixture of weightiness, expansiveness and tension.

James Levine was born in 1943 in Cincinnati into a musical family; his maternal grandfather was a cantor in a synagogue; his father was a violinist, who led a dance band; his mother was an actress. He began to play the piano as a small child. At the age of 10, he made his concert debut as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at a youth concert of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Levine subsequently studied music with Walter Levin, first violinist in the La Salle Quartet. In 1956 he took piano lessons with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro (Vermont) School of Music. In 1957 he began piano studies with Josef Lhevinne at the Aspen Music School. In 1961 he entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and took courses in conducting with Jean Morel. In 1964 he graduated from the Juilliard School and joined the American Conductors project connected with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

From 1964 to 1965, Levine served as an apprentice to George Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra and then served as assistant conductor until 1970. That year, he also made his debut appearance as guest conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra at its summer home at Robin Hood Dell. In 1970, he made his debut with the Welsh National Opera and the San Francisco Opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in June 1971 in a festival performance of Tosca; his success led to further appearances and to his appointment as its principal conductor in 1973; he then was its music director from 1975 until becoming its artistic director (the first in its history) in 1986. Levine had a long association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and served from 1973 to 1993 as music director of the Ravinia Festival. In 1990, at the request of Roy E. Disney, he arranged the music and conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the soundtrack of Fantasia 2000 released by Walt Disney Pictures. He also served as Music Director with the Cincinnati May Festival (1974-1978).

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
James Levine: conductor

1. Gustav Mahler: Symphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection' - I. Allegro maestoso (22:09)

1. Gustav Mahler: Symphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection' - II. Andante moderato (10:04)
2. Gustav Mahler: Symphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection' - III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung (11:03)
3. Gustav Mahler: Symphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection' - IV. Ulricht. Sehr feierlich aber schlicht (04:55)
4. Gustav Mahler: Symphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection' - V. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend - Langsam - Allegro energico - Langsam (36:13)

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