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Mahler – Symphony No.1

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Catalogue numberBIS-2346 SACD
Release date2019-08-02
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time56:45

The shimmering string harmonics at the opening of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony bring to mind the suspended breath of spring, and will have signalled even to the very first audiences that a new symphonic era was being ushered in. Soon enough the composer introduces some of the elements that would become key components of his musical language: sounds of nature (here cuckoo calls) are combined with quasi-militaristic fanfares and ‘high-art’ chromatic wanderings in cellos, as if to illustrate Mahler’s view of the symphony as an all-embracing art form.

The symphony, which the composer originally gave the subtitle ‘Titan’, borrows extensively from the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. But Mahler also incorporates elements of Moravian popular music (in the second movement) and – in the slow third movement – famously quotes a minor-mode version of the children’s rhyme Bruder Martin (also known as Frère Jacques). The finale transports the listener to a world of Gothic theatricality reminiscent of Grand Opera, before arriving – after a number of false starts – at the symphony’s heroic chorale-like ending. This symphonic ‘world-in-microcosm’ is here brought to life by the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä on the fourth instalment in a series which has earned the team the description ‘among the finest exponents of Mahler’s music’ on the website allmusic.com.
 
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  Composer: Mahler, Gustav
  Symphony No. 1 in D major 56:43
01 I. Langsam. Schleppend. - Immer sehr gemächlich 16:14 $ 3.90 USD
02 II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 07:37 $ 1.83 USD
03 III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen 11:24 $ 2.74 USD
04 IV. Stürmisch bewegt 21:28 $ 5.15 USD
 
  Album total 56:45
ComposerMahler, Gustav
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra

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