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Mahler - Symphony No.1

Composer Gustav Mahler
Performer Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2346 SACD
EAN 7318599923468
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2019
Total time 56'45


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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  Gustav Mahler
  Symphony No. 1 in D major 56'43
01 I. Langsam. Schleppend. - Immer sehr gemächlich 16'14
02 II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 7'37
03 III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen 11'24
04 IV. Stürmisch bewegt 21'28
 
  Album total 56'45
ComposerMahler, Gustav
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra

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