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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    Does anyone know a symphony (or symphonies) by heart, and, which one? I've read that conductors like Karajan and Celibidache (and probably plenty of others) conducted from memory alone. Could the same be said for any orchestral musicians? I find that one of the interesting things about...
  2. Classical Music Discussion
    Can you imagine Celibidache, of course after he became acquainted with Buddhism, conducting Mahler's symphonies? How long would they drag on? 2 hours or more? His Adagios would have been what eternity might have sounded like in music.( of course we have glimpses of eternity from his Bruckner...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    I truly love Mahler 3, particularly the outer movements, but I must say---I am confused about the fifth movement. What is its message? What place does its text, and in particular the invocation of a sinner's guilt, have in the larger philosophical arc of this symphony? How does it relate to the...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    So Knorf has a similar thread to this right now but rather than make a game limiting how many times a conductor, orchestra, etc can be repeated, I'm imposing no such limitations. I'm asking this for myself as I'm trying to get into his symphonies for the first time. I'm also hoping to...
  5. Orchestral Music
    Hey there I am an avid listener of opera music and therefor adore Wagner. However I think it's time for me to broaden my horizon and try out other composers. I always hear and read so much about Mahler and Bruckner but I've never managed to get into their work, especially their symphonies...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    I've stayed away from Mahler, not because I'd heard him and didn't like him, but because I had an impression that he was dense and inaccessible. I acquired a CD of his first symphony by accident and found it to be extremely accessible. I want to get another Mahler symphony (better yet, 2 on...
  7. Orchestral Music
    Unfortunately Mahler has too many movements to accommodate a poll on this platform, so have at it in the comments! :)
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    Dear All, I was listening to Mahler 5 and I came up with a few questions to help me understand this music better. 1. Are there any themes belonging to this music? (both for the whole symphony and for particular movements ex. Conflicts in Nature)? 2. I am aware that this symphony is part of...
  9. Recorded Music and Publications
    Long story short. My 2011 Release of the celebrated Mahler Tennstedt Cycle arrived today! Probably many of you own the first release of the cycle, the 1998 box. I had read that EMI had made further remasters of the symphonies in the early 2000s. That is the reason why I chose to buy the 2011 box...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    It's fairly well known, I guess, that Mahler was never widely respected as a composer in his lifetime. Brahms, on the other hand, was. In fact, I went to a performance of Mahler's 1st a few weeks ago, and in the program it said (paraphrasing) that Mahler was not understood in his time because...
  11. Recorded Music and Publications
    Probably this is the most suitable forum for the thread, it would get lost in CMD, I think. I posted before that I was going to listen and compare three Mahler cycles: Tennstedt, Boulez and Kubelik. Searching for their original sleeves, which I usually like, I found that Kubelik covers are works...
  12. Orchestral Music
    So I've recently been listening to Mahler 6 a good deal and I've been browsing around iTunes comparing recordings, and the one I seem to have settled on is Solti's recording with the CSO. It's electrifying, quick-paced, extraordinarily passionate, and the recording quality is super rich - also...
  13. Orchestral Music
    Okay, the title might be slightly misleading. Just to be clear, I am a huge admirer of Mahler and I've spent the last several months listening primarily to him. I've finished the first five symphonies so far. Now, here's my question. Should I move on to symphony six or instead maybe take a...
  14. Orchestral Music
    Xaver Scharwenka wrote four Piano Concerti. The first was a major success. Liszt praised it, the waspish von Bulow's initial dismissive attitude turned into positive appraisal after hearing the work, Tchaikovsky (!) held it in high esteem. Mahler played its first movement in his only recorded...
  15. New Member Introductions
    Saluti from Ohio. I'm recently retired and want to spend much more time listening to music. I am looking for some great streaming radio stations so I can expand my fairly unadventurous but yet divine collection. Some of the words that pop into my head are Mahler, Puccini, cello, Franck...
  16. Solved Cases (archive)
    What is the piece at the beginning of this video? I'm guessing Mahler....?.....
  17. Vocal Music
    I can't find a thread about this piece. Which recordings of this are the best? I only have Bernstein w/ Thomas Hampson.
  18. Orchestral Music
    Looking for advice from Mahler lovers in this forum. Does somebody who already owns Karajan's 1980 studio Mahler 9 with the BPO--the one currently available coupled with Christa Ludwig's Kindertotenlieder--have any reason (other than obsessiveness) to make room in his collection for Karajan's...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    Thoughts? I get the impression BH's Bruckner and early Brahms are very good. And his Mahler, well, pretty good too?
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