Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - "Tragic"
Pierre Boulez & Wiener Philharmoniker
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||Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig aber markig||Wiener Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez||23:07||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: II. Scherzo (Wuchtig)||Wiener Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez||12:19||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: III. Andante moderato||Wiener Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez||14:47||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)||Wiener Philharmoniker & Pierre Boulez||29:10||Album Only||View In iTunes|
If you aren't familiar with Mahler's 6th, this recording might be a real eye-opener for you. The thundering cinematic drama of the opening and closing movements, the very Mahleresque grotesqueries of the scherzo, the romance-novel sweetness of the andante movement, all combine to create an unforgettable impression in the listener. One revelation is that the schmaltzy mawkishness that ruins Mahler's music for so many listeners is, at least in part, the product of interpretation by the Bruno Walters and the Leonard Bernsteins. Pierre Boulez, on the other hand, simply lets Mahler speak for himself. The results are stunning. There are moments in the finale that look forward to Shostakovich. And don't be lulled into a reverie by that romance-novel andante movement: Arnold Schoenberg himself expressed admiration for it. And while you're reeling from the violent contrasts of the first movement, try to notice that it is a fairly good approximation of the classical sonata-allegro form: for all his eccentricities, Mahler was a member in good standing of the guild. Highest recommendation.
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