The massive Second Symphony takes us into epic territory.
The same sense of inchoate excitement and impending ecstasy that permeated Bernstein's performances permeate Tilson Thomas'. But Tilson Thomas' performances are also thoroughly planned and flawlessly executed.
- James Leonard, AllMusic Review
Often called the Resurrection Symphony, this vast work begins in purgatorial terror and moves through the gamut of emotions, to a visionary choral finale in which the heavens open. In addition to the Orchestra, the SFS recording of this overwhelming work features the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
1st Movement—Allegro Maestoso
2nd Movement—Andante Moderato
3rd Movement—In Ruhig Fliessender Bewegung
4th Movement— “Urlicht”: Sehr Feierlich, Aber Schlicht
5th Movement—Finale-Im Tempo Des Scherzos…Chorus: “Aufersteh’n”