Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

 

Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" concert also includes a performance of Zimmerman’s Trumpet Concerto “Nobody Knows De Trouble I See.” Andris Nelsons conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks in 2018 at the Grosses Festspielhaus as part of the Salzburg Festival. Features soloists Ekaterina Gubanova (contralto), Lucy Crowe (soprano), and Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet). Directed for TV by Elizabeth Malzer. Includes subtitles German, English, French, Korean, and Japanese, a feature often omitted by careless publishers of Mahler 2. Released 2019, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

[Mini-review scheduled for August 28, 2019]

Check out the generous clip below from C Major with superb PQ and many long-range, big picture shots of the sort we long to see in symphony recordings. Wonk Bryan Balmer, the co-author of the Wonk Worksheets, has this on his buy-list and will report to us if Elizabeth Malzer has produced a video free of the dread disease of DVDitis:

Three zoom levels on Andris Nelsons:

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More perspectives:

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This whole-orchestra shot is almost an “anthill:”

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These part-orchestra shots are better:

Is this a part-orchestra shot? Close enough for me, even though the focus isn’t crystal clear on the brass:

Some instrument-only shots can be pretty (french horn), but most often they are problematic (obstructed view of clarinets):

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Choir shots often just felt like “a bunch of heads,” even though sometimes there were lots of heads! Small-scale when it has this feeling!

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Better here! (a choir!):

Soloist shots were all at the same zoom level:

Some interesting shots. Off-stage brass (filmed in lower light), and then seen returning to the stage!

Here is the organist (his music fits on one page!):

Here are the bells:

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Another few sample shots:

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  1st Movement 4th and 5th Movements
Duration (min:sec) 23:43 43:04
Pace 8.5 s per clip 9.4 s per clip
Supershots 26.8 % 23.7 %
Conductor 15.5 % 15.3 %
% realistic soloist shots not applicable 18.2 %  
Instrument-only shots 11.3 %

9.1 %

Time for a grade. Start with Grade A, deduct for pace to B (not 10s per clip), Supershots and Conductor are OK. Deduct a partial grade for soloist shots being too close-up, and pretty much all taken at the same level of zoom. This brings us to B-. Deduct further for the large number of instrument only shots (19 in the first movement, 25 in the 4th and 5th movements). This results in a C+ grade. Performance was enjoyable, but I don't think the occasion warrants a nudge up to B-.

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