[ Signum / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 22 September 2023
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Mahler 2 is the second album from Philharmonia Records, following their first album - Santtu conducts Strauss.
"[Also sprach Zarathustra] Rouvali's conducting of both is certainly interesting and person- al… impressive, an expansive reading that sees the work whole…[An Alpine Symphony] undeniably picturesque, vivid and dramatically projected…top-notch playing, and this ex- travagant score also enjoys notable recorded sound… lingering lyricism, invariably heartfelt and, in conclusion, cathartic" - Colin's Column
Founded in 1945, The Philharmonia Orchestra creates thrilling performances for a global audi- ence and has premiered works by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho and many others.
The Philharmonia has an extraordinary 77-year recording legacy, and has recorded around 150 soundtracks, with film credits stretching back to 1947. In the 2021/22 season the Orchestra performs in Romania, Spain, Finland, Greece and Germany. Santtu-Matias Rouvali is a Finnish conductor and percussionist, and is currently principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Rouvali continues his relationships with orchestras across Europe, including with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Phillharmonic and the the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
"This is special indeed, and given such spectacular engineering (by Tom Stokes under producer Andrew Cornall), anyone wanting a Second in state-of-the-art sound should be happy with it…The Philharmonia Chorus sounds like it's bolstered by professionals; soprano power in the great climax has never blazed better." Five Stars BBC Music Orchestral Choice November 2023