This recording of Mahler's 2nd Symphony was made in September 1963 and became part of Leonard Bernstein's first cycle of Mahler symphonies. Both Mahler and Bernstein conducted and composed, and both have distinguished associations with the New York Philharmonic orchestra. Mahler conducted the New York Philharmonic in his later life and some fifty years later Bernstein, in his role as musical director, was instrumental in repopularising Mahler's compositions in the USA. Despite the symphony's subtitle 'Resurrection', this work has little to do with religion. Mahler, Jewish by birth, converted to Catholicism to secure the directorship of the Wiener Staatsoper, but the symphony's themes concern life, death, and resurrection in a more general sense. The vocal soloists in this recording were regular collaborators of Bernstein's, with Jennie Tourel giving the premieres of several of his own compositions.