Gustav Mahler's Symphonies: Critical Commentary on Recordings since 1986

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SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN D MINOR
Movements:
1. Kräftig. Entschieden.
("Pan Awakes; Summer Marches In")
2. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr massig.
("What the Flowers of the Meadow Tell Me")
3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast.
("What the Animals of the Forest Tell Me")
4. Sehr Langsam. Misterioso. (Text by Nietzsche)
("What Man Tells Me")
5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck.
("What the Angels Tell Me")
6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden.
("What Love/God Tells Me")

ABBADO, CLAUDIO/Vienna Philharmonic; Jessye Norman, contralto; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Boys Choir - 2-DG 2741 010 (1982); 3382010; 410715–2 (1982); 10-DG 447 023 (1995) "103:33"*+ One of the better versions on disk, this recording combines excellent sound quality with an engrossing and well-conceived reading. Tempi are quite appropriate though at times slightly extreme (e.g., the end of the first movement moves by like a stampede). In the first movement, Abbado sharply defines the contrast between the abysmal images of the first section and the ebullient Pan march in a well-considered rendition. Though balances are sometimes uneven (e.g., weak percussion and bass strings), inner voice placement is generally adequate. A straightforward, squarish treatment of the second movement elicits some lovely moments, and the third movement generates a delightful sense of frolic, perfectly counterpoised with the pastoral atmosphere engendered by a beautiful posthorn solo. In the closing moments, energy seems to wane just when it should gain momentum. Jessye Norman is in excellent voice, providing a rich and profound reading of the Nietzsche movement. Vocal ensembles are marvelously clear and brilliant. A genuinely sensitive finale is broadly paced but loses steam toward the end.

ABRAVANEL, MAURICE/Utah Symphony; Christina Krooskos, contralto; University of Utah Civic Chorale - 2-Vanguard VCS 10072/3; VSQ 30008–9(quad)(1969);

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Symphony No. 1 in D Major ("Titan") 1
  • Symphony No. 2 in C Minor ("Resurrection") 33
  • Symphony No. 3 in D Minor 59
  • Symphony No. 4 in G Major 81
  • Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor 107
  • Symphony No. 6 in a Minor ("Tragic") 141
  • Symphony No. 7 in E Minor ("Song of the Night") 167
  • Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major ("Symphony of a Thousand") 189
  • Das Lied Von der Erde 205
  • Symphony No. 9 in D Major 225
  • Symphony No. 10 in F-Sharp Major (Unfinished) 255
  • Bibliography 268
  • Index to Conductors 269
  • Index to Orchestras 284
  • Index to Soloists 298
  • Index to Choruses 322
  • Index to Record Labels 334
  • About the Author 355
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