Mahler’s extraordinary Second Symphony deals with the epic themes of life, death, faith, and love. He employs a vast orchestra in a search for salvation through spirituality, including a battery of brass, two soloists, and choir. The theme of death also pervades his unfinished Tenth, yet here one finds a sense of peace and a heartfelt expression of human love.
Disc of the Month 'powerfully presented by Gergiev and the LSO, with excellent playing from all sections’ Audiophile Audition
'restlessly probing and adrenally free-flowing, pointing up the music’s soul-searching and daring musical juxtapositions. With Gergiev the music’s emotional subtext comes bubbling to the surface’ Classic FM Magazine
James Mallinson producer; Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers; ; Symphony No 2 recorded April 2008, Barbican, London; Symphony No 10 recorded June 2008, Barbican, London; DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording