Bernstein conducts Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (1974)
London Symphony Orchestra
Long before the greatness of Gustav Mahler's music became undisputed in the concert world, Leonard Bernstein championed the Austrian composer's work with incomparable intensity. Hardly any other conductor identified so wholeheartedly with Mahler's stylistic richness, compelling natural panoramas, and emotional turmoil. In this performance of the Second Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, highlights include the gripping first movement, the song of the "Urlicht" interpreted here by the legendary mezzo-soprano Janet Baker and the magical use of the choir in the finale. The theme of the resurrection lends the work a spiritually transcendental dimension.
- Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), Janet Baker (Mezzo-Soprano)
- Edinburgh Festival Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
- Leonard Bernstein