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Posted by Martin Walker on December 9, 2009, 1:45 pm
This is a very fine and well-reasoned review, which I enjoyed reading. There are, however, two points, one relating to CD reviews in general, and one to the use of German terms, which I wish to offer corrective reflections on. Firstly: the separation of movements on CDs (and as the review text does not make clear, there are 2 CDs simply because of the total time - other recordings are shorter) does not really "help to prevent" anything: a person who is seriously interested in Mahler will make his/her own mind up about what pauses to make.Record reviewers in general, I have noticed, tend to make remarks about CD programming which seem to suggest that listeners are incapable of using their remote controls; surely this is mistaken.
More important is my objection regarding the German terminology: to write "the famous “Auferstehungs” Ode of Klopstock" is to be doubly misleading: 1) the "s" in "Auferstehungs" can only be used if it has a genitival connection with the following word; it would be necessary to write "Auferstehungs-Ode" in German, not one word in German and the other in English after the quotes. 2) It is not an ode, either technically or in the context of the poet's works: this is a mistake that was clearly demonstrated by Donald Mitchell (vide Appendix C of *The Wunderhorn Years*) and can be checked by any reader of Klopstock: the poem comes under the rubric of "Geistliche Lieder" (Spiritual Songs). The poem is simply called"Auferstehung". Can you tell me, by the way, where the "ewig war ich" motif is characterised as "Auferstehungs-Motiv? This is new to me.
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