Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, Abbado (2-CD)

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Discs: 2
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: September 16, 1996

“[Abbado] achieves an overall satisfying rendition both through his straightforward conducting and his careful attention to the work’s color and dynamic shadings.” — Classics Today

Mahler’s Wunderhorn symphonies (1–4) have long been adored by audiences for their pastoral qualities, juxtaposed by moments of sheer majesty and breadth. In this 2-disc set, Claudio Abbado leads 2 of the world’s leading orchestras — the Vienna Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra — in two of the most beloved symphonies of Mahler. From the opening sleigh bells of the Fourth to the glorious choral ending of the Resurrection, prepare to be taken on a journey through the mind and music of this masterful composer.


Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Frederica von Stade mezzo-soprano
Vienna Philharmonic
May 1977, Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna

Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Resurrection)
Carol Neblett soprano
Marilyn Horne mezzo-soprano
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hilils director
February 1976, Medinah Temple, Chicago