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Posted by Martin Walker on May 21, 2008, 12:23 pm
I have just been looking at Tony Duggan's magisterial and very detailed overview of Mahler #9 recordings, which I consider extremely judicious & fair on the whole, though I regret the omission of Maderna's recording and rate Ancerl higher - but without having heard all the performances discussed. I want to modify a very peripheral point. Tony quotes Klemperer as saying Walter was a moralist, whereas he himself was an immoralist; in my memory of the BBC TV "Face to Face" programme in the 60s, he said "Walter is a romantic moralist; I am an unromantic immoralist". Perhaps others can comment on this? I find the version I remember much more revealing.
A minor verbal correction for any later revision: "The death knoll climax to the movement" (on Ancerl) should read "death knell", I suppose.
- http://www.musicweb-international.com/mahler/mahler9.htm - Martin Walker May 21, 2008, 12:23 pm
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