Mahler Symphony No. 2 (2017)

Mahler

Daniele Gatti, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Chen Reiss, Netherlands Radio Choir, Karen Cargill

The names of Gustav Mahler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are inseparable. Willem Mengelberg's pioneering work en Mahler's own guest performances with the orchestra have laid the foundation under the Dutch Mahler cult and the RCO's Mahler tradition, that flourished ever since. During the past years Daniele Gatti has conducted strong and spectacular performances of four Mahler symphonies as a guest conductor. After the Fifth, Ninth, Sixth and Third, Gatti's first Mahler symphony as chief conductor was the Second Symphony. With this recording RCO Live is beginning a new Mahler cycle with Daniele Gatti.

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Daniele Gatti

Considered the ‘foremost conductor of his generation,’Italian conductor Daniele Gatti has galvanized the music world with his dramatic and instinctive style. A charismatic maestro, he demonstrates an equal mastery of the orchestra and the opera stage, delivering consistently probing inter-pretations imbued with fire and refined sensitivity.

Music Director of the Royal Phil-harmonic Orchestra since 1996, Gatti has inspired audiences and critics alike with his enraptured performances; his recordings have attracted enthusiastic notices. Since 1998, Gatti is also Music Director of Bologna’s opera house, the Teatro Comunale, and has conducted opera to great acclaim the world over. 
A native of Milan, Daniele Gatti studied piano and violin at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, earning his degree in composition and conducting. Following his La Scala début at the age of 27, he led productions at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Berlin Staats-oper and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Maestro Gatti was Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1992 to 1997 as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Opera

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is lauded by the most authoritative international critics as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, it has worked with all the leading composers and conductors. Indeed, such composers as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky conducted the orchestra on more than one occasion. Only seven chief conductors have led the orchestra since it was founded in 1888: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and – starting in the 2016–17 season – Daniele Gatti. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy provides instruction in orchestral playing to young, talented musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra undertook an extensive world tour in 2013 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima is the orchestra’s patron.

photo by Anne Dokter (from Press Photos on Artist Website)

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Mahler Symphony No. 2 (2017)

Mahler

Daniele Gatti, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    AudioReview Magazine

"Review of the new Mahler: Symphony No. 2 with Daniele Gatti and the RCO in Amsterdam. From DSD files downloaded from NativeDSD Music. Daniele Gatti is a strong presence among the Italian conductors (two out of seven in the history of this prestigious Dutch Orchestra). We remember with nostalgia the decade of Riccardo Chailly, which many important albums have documented in the catalogue (and among them a delicious full selection of Mahler). The Milanese Daniele Gatti last year took the conductor's role of the RCO. This collaboration is celebrated in the first significant stage of a new integral of Mahler's symphonies on the orchestra's own label "RCO Live". As many times as we have said, the orchestral language of Mahler appears to be a high-definition documentary about the expressive possibilities of a great orchestra. It begins with the Second Symphony, "Resurrection", which in order not to be missed, uses a large choir and organ. Fortunately, the Amsterdam room used for this recording is an important organ (true, not like the electric one they use at the music park of Rome)! Soft and expressive the sound of these arches and from the first listening relives the tradition of the Dutch Orchestra, strong since the time of Willem Mengelberg. Extraordinary Dynamic Breath, first parties parts and always in good evidence the acoustics of this room. In the final, the organ joins the choir and orchestra in a sound building of great effect. Great without being caciarona, noble without suffering, this reading of Mahler's Second Symphony is among the most reliable among recent recordings. The interest here is not just for Mahler or for the state-of-the-art DSD technology associated with this recording, which you can now appreciate in the State of the Art sonics up to DSD 256 and in two and five channels. On the point of listening to a symphony of this size and dimensions, I would have to invite the audiophile in a concert hall and show (live) to experience the fact that the sound is "all around you". If I had the money, my dream would be to buy 500 tickets to the Philharmonie and take you to listen to an octave of Bruckner, a symphony of the Alps or possibly a Second Mahler. Then you go would go back to talking about high fidelity and have an awareness that maybe you were missing something. The start of this new Mahler cycle from the RCO is really interesting, with Daniele Gatti (we remember him in his years in Santa Cecilia) in great shape. How many great Italian conductors come to prestigious posts in the most important world orchestras? As always on the Native DSD site you could also buy a single movement of this symphony, choosing it in two or five channel DSD. But it would be a shame not to hear the entire symphony all together."

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Mahler Symphony No. 2 (2017)

Mahler

Daniele Gatti, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:Everett Porter
Mastering Room:Grimm LS1, B&W Nautilus
Microphones:Neumann, Schoeps
Producer:Everett Porter
Recording Engineer:Everett Porter, Anne Taegert
Recording location:Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recording Software:Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DXD

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Mahler Symphony No. 2 I. Allegro maestoso
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Mahler Symphony No. 2 II. Andante moderato
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Mahler Symphony No. 2 III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
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Mahler Symphony No. 2 IV. 'Urlicht'. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
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Mahler Symphony No. 2 V. Im Tempo des Scherzo
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