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Beginning with the First Symphony, Bernstein reveals Mahler's position at the hinge of modernism, while emphasizing his emotional extremism. The uplifting Second "Resurrection" Symphony, with which Bernstein had an especially long and close association, is recorded here in a historic performance from 1973, set in the Romanesque splendour of Ely Cathedral. In the Third, Bernstein encompasses the symphony's spiritual panorama like no other conductor - with the Vienna Philharmonic players alive to every nuance.

Few composers have understood and enjoyed Mahler's works, as much as has Leonard Bernstein. I could rave on and on, about how good the performances of these three symphonies SOUND, but the real treat here is watching Bernstein perform them. There is a comment in one of the bonus sections, where Bernstein states that Mahler's works are so well-written that a conductor should need do little more than stare at the score and conduct. But he then admits that he feels compelled to try to coax the orchestra (and perhaps the audience) to enjoy the same experience he is having.

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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