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sonnyboy
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posted November 30, 2000 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sonnyboy   Click Here to Email sonnyboy     Edit/Delete Message
Mahler is f-ing awesome! Who agrees with me?! The 6th Symphony kicks my ass every time!

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opus_125
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posted November 30, 2000 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message
It took him forever to get to his point - but the journey is never boring. He revolutionized the orchestra in a way that early 20th century audiences weren't ready for. The 8th is my favorite - so enormous!

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EmilySachs
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posted December 06, 2000 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message
If you like the 6th Symphony - my favorite great recording is Segerstam with the Danish Radio SO on Chandos. It is outstanding. He even includes the third hammer blow. If you can't find that one - the Bernstein is very good, although I'm not a big fan of how he handles the slow movement.

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posted December 06, 2000 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ghost   Click Here to Email Ghost     Edit/Delete Message
Mahler's music speaks to me directly - and I would consider Mahler my favorite composer.

The 4th and 9th are my favorites.

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dictionary
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posted December 15, 2000 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dictionary   Click Here to Email dictionary     Edit/Delete Message
In my opinion the best version of the 5th Symphony is from Barbirolli with the Philarmonia Orchestra (EMI).

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JohnDexter
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posted December 21, 2000 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnDexter   Click Here to Email JohnDexter     Edit/Delete Message
The 4th with Bernstein/NY Phil and Jessye Norman! Perfection.

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jpgordo
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posted December 30, 2000 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Mahler's 6th with Pierre Boulez conducting the New York Philharmonic!

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poulenc
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posted January 05, 2001 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for poulenc   Click Here to Email poulenc     Edit/Delete Message
Anybody see that freaky Ken Russell movie "Mahler"? That whole Catholic conversion sequence was just bizarre.

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posted January 06, 2001 03:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeopleHater     Edit/Delete Message
Man, and I thought he just did Politically Incorrect.

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JohnDexter
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posted January 11, 2001 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnDexter   Click Here to Email JohnDexter     Edit/Delete Message
Nobody was more politically correct than Gustav.

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jpgordo
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posted January 13, 2001 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Mahler is relatively unmined by Hollywood - Death in Venice, Mahler - are the only movies with his music. Classic music from the late 19th and early 20th century is going to have a resurgence over the next 10 years. Twenty year olds will soon discover classical and everything old will be new again.

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opus_125
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posted January 17, 2001 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message
While going through my CD collection, I happened upon a recording of the Mahler 1 which I had not listened to in a long while, so I decided to give it a go. It was the reissue on DG Originals of Rafael Kubelik conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. I have been enlightened. Bernstein aside, I found it to be one of the most original, energetic and inspiring recordings of the Mahler 1 I have ever heard. I have finally found a recording of it that I would rank above the recent Boulez recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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sonnyboy
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posted January 19, 2001 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sonnyboy   Click Here to Email sonnyboy     Edit/Delete Message
There is an interesting article in the New Yorker (Jan 8) about composer John Adams who had a "composing shed" built on his country acreage. The article goes on to say, "There is a tradition of composers working in the woods; Gustav Mahler wrote many of his symphonies in a one-room hideaway constructed to his specifications." This brought immediately to mind the scene in the movie "Mahler" where there is a modest lakeside "shed" in which Mahler is shown conducting the opening measures of the Fourth. Maybe this is it, yes? I saw this movie quite awhile back and it is blurry but what I remember is that it was very stylized and subjective and made you wonder, is this more about Mahler or about the moviemaker (Ken Russell?).

The article on Adams is very interesting and worth a look.

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jpgordo
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posted January 24, 2001 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
I hate that movie "Mahler" basically because I really don't like Ken Russell's movies. I think he's too perverted and his views are way off the mark. I think the only reason he wanted to make movies was to have Sammi Davis run around naked.

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jpgordo
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posted February 01, 2001 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, shoot... I thought this was the O-Town thread. I always get these two confused.

Mahler rules. What does everyone think about that "10th" Symphony?

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