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Re: Mahler 7
Posted by Ford on April 15, 2019, 2:33 am, in reply to "Re: Mahler 7
I think the problem with the 7th was that conductors thought it should have the same darkness of purpose as 5, 6 and 9, or the same grand journey as 2 and 3. But the music shrivels under this interpretation. It is in fact a gigantic serenade (Eine Grosse Nachtmusik, if you will). My own imagining is that it represents the dreams of Mahler's children at night, with the nachtmusik interludes showing the landscape outside. (The Tennstedt studio recording remains my favourite.)
I do like the 8th, the second movement more than the third. The most delightful recording I've heard is Bertini's. I don't worry about the words. I think any music doesn't work unless you know the words has already failed.
I like the first three movements of the 1st, but the finale is a crashing (literally!) bore.
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