Archive for the “Listening to Mahler” category

Epic Mahlerthon

by Glenn on July 17, 2017

A long July 4 holiday weekend provided an opportunity for an epic first—an attempt to listen to all the symphonies of Gustav Mahler in a short period of time. A Mahlerthon. And to celebrate the freedom of our country, I (…)

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Symphony Study No. 61 | Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, “Resurrection”

by Glenn on June 3, 2017

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) Symphony No. 2 in c minor, “Resurrection” Allegro maestoso Andante moderato In quietly flowing motion Urlicht (Primal Light): Very Solemn, but simple In the tempo of the scherzo—Allegro energico—slow, misterioso first complete performance: 4 March 1895 | (…)

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Mahler’s Resurrection

by Glenn on March 27, 2016

I can’t quite call it a tradition, yet, but for the second straight year I was awake early on Easter Sunday and listened to Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection.” I revisited a favorite video recording by Bernard Haitink and the (…)

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Mahler’s First is not the “Titan” | Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Lintu

by Glenn on January 16, 2016

This morning, I was able to listen to a new recording of Mahler’s First Symphony, by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. I enjoyed the experience and was interested in how others perceived it.

Remembering Pierre Boulez | Mahler 5 and the Vienna Philharmonic

by Glenn on January 9, 2016

Pierre Boulez died this week at the age of 90. He was an extraordinarily gifted musician who had a long and successful career as both a composer and a conductor. One thing I didn’t know was that he followed Leonard (…)

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Mahler 4 | Bernard Haitink | Berliner Philharmoniker

by Glenn on January 1, 2016

For the last CD of 2015, I returned to a delightful performance of a favorite work : Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Bernard Haitink.

The “Resurrection” on Resurrection Sunday

by Glenn on April 7, 2015

I dream of the day that the worship at church is more inspiring and less painful. It seems to me that more worship is ruined by a sound person who is hearing impaired and/or wants other people to be hearing (…)

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Music for Tax Season

by Glenn on March 22, 2015

It’s tax season. I know, I should be checking my NCAA bracket and living and dying with each game, but I didn’t actually fill out a bracket. No, no March Madness for me. It’s tax season so I’m getting our (…)

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Mahler 9 | ensemble mini | joolz gale

by Glenn on March 16, 2015

Note: I have included some audio examples in this post. They are small samples of larger works included here for educational purposes in the spirit of fair use. I have purchased and own the recordings that are included here. For (…)

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Abbado, von Karajan, Rattle via Duggan

by Glenn on February 24, 2015

I’ve listened to a particular recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony several times over the last couple of weeks. It’s a recording made in September of 1999 by Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Mahler 5 by Wyn Morris and the Symphonica of London

by Glenn on January 3, 2015

awkward tempos in an abundance of reverb this was very odd I was awake early, so I thought I would christen the New Year with a little Mahler. Two nights ago I found a “new to me” Mahler 5 by (…)

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M4 Gatti Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

by Glenn on December 6, 2014

Returning to this recording is like putting on an old, favorite sweatshirt. It is so comfortable. The pacing of the opening movement is wonderful. Daniele Gatti is masterful