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Re: Mahler 7
Posted by dieter barkhoff on April 13, 2019, 2:38 am, in reply to "Re: Mahler 7
Thanks for your kind words, Ralph. I like the 1st and 4th very much as well. At one time I regarded the 6th as THE great Mahler Symphony but I've found it too relentless in the end, like being beaten up a man armed with telephone books for 3 of the 4 movements. It's interesting too, that I've really come around to appreciating Kubelik's Mahler. I found it too plain and simple when I first came across it but its simplicity has grown on me: it's almost the antithesis of Bernstein's supercharged white heat.( I read a description of Lennie's Mahler by Christoph Von Dohnanyi in Gramophone once, namely that Lennie is always trying to turn Mahler into 5th Avenue.) If I do want passion and sheer intensity in my Mahler I look to Tennstedt.
I love the 3rd as well. In form it's almost a prototype for the 7th, it's length, it's raucousness, then that restrained and serene finale - unlike the finale of the 7th, of course.
And, ok, I do admit that there are moments when I can throw myself into the sheer abandon of the 2nd Symphony but as I get older, I find the quasi religious implications of the finale get in the way of my enjoyment. Resurrection indeed!
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