Notes and Editorial Reviews
Mahler's First is not the symphony I would have expected Kegel to opt to record; six or nine might have made more predictable choices. Kegel seems from his discography to have modernist tastes. From that point of view he bears comparison with Norman del Mar many of whose LPs in the 60s were of British contemporary while Kegel was busy behind the Iron Curtain in Dresden and Leipzig recording Dessau, Penderecki and Schoenberg. Both Kegel and Del Mar in fact had other dimensions. Del Mar was an out-and-out Straussian as well as a champion for people such as Bantock (Omar), Lambert (Music for Orchestra), Bax (Symphony No. 6 on Lyrita), Elgar (Enigma and Pomp and Circumstance) and Moeran (Symphony in G minor). Kegel undertook Vivaldi, as we
shall see, as well as the English composer Alan Bush.
In this Mahler case Kegel forsakes the Leipzig RSO and teams up with the Dresden PO (not the more famous Staatskapelle) in a performance notable for its first movement's lilting romance and Mozartian smile though rather deliberately four-square in the kräftig bewegt and Stürmisch bewegt. He takes things with a slow sway in the Feierlich movement which is also rather ghoulish. Kegel conveys the work's parities with the world of the Wunderhorn. He would have made a Mahler 4 well worth hearing.
Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1981
Length: 55 Minutes 43 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896).
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