Saturday, July 17, 2010

Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony ("Resurrection") Performed by the U.C. Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, and Alumni Chorus, D. Kern Holoman

"How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World" is the subtitle of the biography of the Catholic convert from Judaism reviewed here — The agony and the ecstasy. Previous Mahlerian posts — Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony, First Movement Performed by the Korea Brass Choir and Mexican Baritone Jesús Suaste Performs "Songs for Dead Children".

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Anonymous Clare Krishan said...

My favorite Mahler has to be his 8 1/2

(ie after the 8th yet before the 9th)
based on a Chinese poetical leitmotif

not sure if this is the best recording I've ever heard but I thought you'd like the visuals!

The Teutons evoke eternity in choral form so much movingly than their Anglo-saxon cousins, no?

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you know that his wife Alma who left him, and a second husband Gropius of architecture fame, took up with the guy who wrote "Song of Bernadette" as her third husband right? Franz Werfel:
"While in France, (he) made a visit to the shrine of the Our Lady of Lourdes at Lourdes, where he found spiritual solace. He also received much help and kindness from the Catholic orders that staffed the shrine. He vowed to write about the experience and, safe in America, he published The Song of Bernadette in 1941."

You have to think Mahler was pulling strings up with the angelic hosts for his beloved Ehefrau even if it meant benefitting her unworthy lover: God's ways are mysterious indeed! Hope springs eternal, especially in Lourdes!

11:50 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Wow! Thanks for the intro to the 8 1/2th, of which I was unaware. I also didn't know that Alma left him, and would have never guessed the connection to one of my favorite movies. Mysterious indeed, and strangely hopeful.

3:02 PM  

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