View Poll Results: What is your favorite Mahler Symphony?

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  • Mahler 1

    10 4.15%
  • Mahler 2

    61 25.31%
  • Mahler 3

    20 8.30%
  • Mahler 4

    14 5.81%
  • Mahler 5

    21 8.71%
  • Mahler 6

    27 11.20%
  • Mahler 7

    15 6.22%
  • Mahler 8

    14 5.81%
  • Das Lied von der Erde

    15 6.22%
  • Mahler 9

    44 18.26%
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    Question Favorite Mahler Symphony

    Which is your favorite? Mine is probably either Das Lied..., or the Sixth.
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    My vote is in

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    the 5th for me!

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    I chose the 9th, although his 2nd was a close second (no pun intended).

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    - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    That's funny, no one agreed on a particular symphony yet

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    And the trend continues, I just cast my vote for #4, expecting to see a bunch more there, but no!

    Isn't that the thing with Mahler, though? His music is so eclectic, both across his output of works and also within each piece... no wonder that none of us can agree.

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    Well, I almost didn't play because I like almost all of them very much. Four was the only one I didn't like, but I just got Gielen's four. That one I can listen to. His eighth is pretty good, too, and his ninth is now my favorite performance of that one.'

    And I just now noticed that while Das Lied is on the list, the tenth is not. That's very intriguing. Very. (Yes, I know all that. But still...!)

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    If you're looking for good recordings of the 4th, try Maazel / Kathleen Battle / Vienna.

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    No one for the 2nd symphony? Come on guys, Resurrection!

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    Another chance to count down! Yea! Here we go:
    • 10. Symphony 3- My attention span is considerable, but not limitless.
      9. Das Lied von der Erde- I probably haven't heard the right conductor(s) do it.
      8. Symphony 7- Likely to remain mired in last place on this poll.
      7. Symphony 4- Is this the most "un-Mahler" Mahler symphony?
      6. Symphony 6- Is it possible for a work to be too introspective and autobiographical? That is the open-ended question for this work.
      5. Symphony 8- Here begins the works that I would change travel-plans to hear.
      4. Symphony 1- One of the half-dozen outstanding first symphonies ever.
      3. Symphony 2- Yes, surprising that it hasn't received more support. Still, it's not at the very top of my list.
      2. Symphony 9- I love this piece, and hate to put it in second place on any list. Still, it is micrometrically behind my esteem for

    1. Symphony 5- Might be my favorite symphony written by someone NOT named Beethoven.
    Last edited by Chi_townPhilly; May-12-2007 at 01:02. Reason: letter removed/repositioned
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morigan View Post
    No one for the 2nd symphony? Come on guys, Resurrection!
    If only I could vote twice (without engaging in underhanded tactics). . . .

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    - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Good GOD another vote for #4!

    ChiTown, I'm wondering why you call #4 an "un-Mahleresque" symphony?

    In my opinion, it is a summary of everything Mahler had written up to that point.
    1. A beautifully structured first movement, resplendant with contrasting themes (including his beloved marches).
    2. A ghostly scherzando.
    3. A broad and expressive slow movement.
    4. A Wunderhorn-like song.

    It certainly isn't as "heavy" as the first 3 symphonies, but I believe it is a synthesis of the most important elements of his style up to that point, from which Symphony #5 then departs.

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    Hi!

    I just voted for No. 6

    Regards,
    AVH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurkikohtaus View Post

    ChiTown, I'm wondering why you call #4 an "un-Mahleresque" symphony?
    A fair question... but for me to answer it, I'd like to have the indulgence of being permitted a metaphor or two. Just like the primary components of soil are silt, sand and clay, the Mahler "field" is comprised of three primary ingredients... FIRST- The Mahler of epic sweep, the music that, for fans, can seem to provide the soundtrack to astromomic space and geologic time. SECOND- The Mahler of autobiographical introspection, mostly the introspective ansgst such as that found in passages of the 6th symhony (though present in many, many other places). THIRD- The "jocularity" Mahler-- no less of a signature feature to Mahler's work, the Mahler of wit/irony/parody and humor. The simplest examples that spring to mind unbidden are the penultimate movement of Symphony 1, or the second movement of the 9th. To complete my point (and analogy), two or all three features can be found in all manner of Mahler passages. However, taken overall, the "jocularity" Mahler is most frequently like a sauce or seasoning in his works. (Although I recognize that it also can serve a useful function for dramatic pacing.) However, in the 4th, it's the main ingredient. In this respect, it's unlike the other ones (maybe someone could argue for the prominence of this element in the 7th). That's not a knock on the work (certain parallels can be seen with Beethoven's 8th, another on my list of underestimated pieces). Still, the "unsprung weight" of the wit in the 4th makes it unlike anything else found in Mahler, to these ears. I could write soooo much more about this, but lunch-break's over!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keemun View Post
    If only I could vote twice (without engaging in underhanded tactics). . . .
    Ha...lol.
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