Gilbert Kaplan

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"

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No one, least of all Gilbert Kaplan, would call this recording of Mahler's Second the greatest ever made. One might well call it the cleanest Mahler Second ever made: one can hear everything that's in the score. One might even go so far as to call it the most accurate representation of the score ever recorded with every little tittle and jot in place. And one might call it one of the best-played of Mahler's Second: the London Symphony Orchestra is one of the world's great virtuoso orchestras and it performs with perfect precision from first tremolo to last fortissississimo climax. But no one, least of all Gilbert Kaplan, would call this the greatest Mahler Second ever recorded. Everyone would have to acknowledge that Kaplan's Second is truly a labor of love: that he would spend years of his life learning to conduct so that he could get in front of an orchestra to lead the Second is nothing if not a labor of love. And everyone would also have to acknowledge that Kaplan's performance is far, far better than it should be: Kaplan is an amateur in the best sense of the word, but that doesn't make him a conductor. Because for all the clarity and accuracy of this performance, Kaplan is not truly a conductor. No matter how accurate his Second is, no matter how in love with Second Kaplan is, his is a bar-by-bar performance, a performance with all the details but none of the sweep and the grandeur, the profundity, and the sublimity of a truly great performance of the Second. Stick with the efforts of Walter, Klemperer, Solti, or Abbado.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Adagietto, for orchestra (from the Symphony No. 5)
1
3:01
2
2:15
3
2:43
4
2:55
5
3:13
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
6
7:21
Symphony No. 4 in G major
7
12:53
8
21:55
Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")
9
2:20
10
0:57
11
2:26
12
0:51
13
1:21
14
2:19
15
1:08
16
0:32
17
0:28
18
2:22
19
0:19
20
1:30
21
2:29
22
3:15

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")
1
1:24
2
1:28
3
1:44
4
2:26
5
3:15
6
1:44
7
0:46
8
0:40
9
0:24
10
0:57
11
1:21
12
2:00
13
1:24
14
1:17
15
5:34
16
1:33
17
1:26
18
0:25
19
1:40
20
1:11
21
3:03
22
4:09
23
3:51
24
2:52
25
6:25
26
3:14
27
2:14
28
2:24
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