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Mahler, Symphony No 8 (Part 1) - Bavarian RSO, Rafael Kubelik.

Like a good few posters I have a bit of difficulty with Mahler's eighth. I have now come to a watershed moment of sorts - I still can't get my head around it as a symphony but if I content myself with thinking of it as a grand cantata(s), I am more at peace with it. But with the two parts being so different I reckon it's reasonable to listen to either on its own.
I hope this doesn't upset too many people :unsure:.

 

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But with the two parts being so different I reckon it's reasonable to listen to either on its own.
That's what I do. I listen to the first part and stop there. The text of the second part is so - well, it's Goethe, so I don't want to say anything more than I don't like the text. Maybe some day I'll warm up to it.
 
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