Typical of Mahler symphonies, the first movement presents a conflict between theme groups that function as antagonists, which builds to a cataclysmic climax, after which resolution remains uncertain. The dualism of subject matter is presented as the substance of … Read More
With the Ninth Mahler returns to a purely orchestral Symphony, after having succeeded in integrating chorus and orchestra in his Eighth, and the genres of song cycle and Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde, Mahler turns his … Read More
In part one, Mahler sets a medieval latin hymn to music in one of his most directly expressive and straightforward symphonic movements. As in all the first movements of his middle period symphonies, Mahler carries his thematic material forward … Read More
Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is his most ambitious work. It reaches a level of complexity, a breadth of subject matter and size of forces, on equal not only in Mahler’s works but also in the history of the symphony to … Read More
The finale often bears the brunt of negative criticism about the Seventh Symphony. Some commentators find it too bombastic, others cannot come to terms with its unmitigated affirmatives or its persistent diatonism.
Donald Mitchell for example points to the … Read More
The Fourth Movement and titled “Nachtmusik” as was the second, is everything implied by its principal temporal direction on “Andante Amoroso” and more. It is one of Mahler’s most amorous and agreeable symphonic offerings, a chamber … Read More
April 10th, 2021
- Marina Mahler, Alma’s granddaughter
- Nuria Nono Schoenberg, daughter of Arnold Schoenberg
- Paul Lester, Alma’s godson
- Walter Arlen, composer and music journalist, another member of the Austrian ex-patriate community in California.
This edition of … Read More
April 24th, 2021
In this episode we are joined live by the widely acclaimed American baritone, Thomas Hampson.
We will hear about his beginnings as an artist and talk about some highlights from his work on the … Read More
Scherzo’s movement of the Seventh Symphony is Mahler’s dance macabre, a ghost-like nightmarish fantasy that contrasts a spiderweb of weaving and bobbing triplets and strings, punctuated by darting wind tones that seem to come from every direction. With happy-go-lucky … Read More