Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"by Gustav Mahler Conductor:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1904/1906; Austria Length: 81 Minutes 46 Secs.
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Marvelous rendition of Mahler 6 from the BavarianApril 4, 2016By Warren Harris See All My Reviews"This CD consists of Mahlers four movement Symphony No. 6 (Tragic), lasting 82 minutes and 28 seconds on this recording. The first movement has march-like characteristics, and features the fate motif as well as a melody referred to in the conventional literature as Almas Theme after Gustav Mahlers wife. The second movement, Andante in this recording (as opposed to being presented as the 3rd movement as was the case in the first publication of the work) is more gentle and peaceful, as if a weary hero longs for peace and rest. The 3rd movement here is the Sherzo which returns to the somewhat march-like material but also evokes a rather sinister undertone. This sets the stage for the unbelievably affecting 4th movement Finale Allegro moderato, in which two of the three famous hammer blows occur as the feeling of resignation is brought to the fore and left to fade away. This is a work that just demands that the listener sit in silence for a few moments after the last note is played, contemplating the final state of physical being of the human condition. The orchestra sounds fantastic, and it is clear that they were very much on the same musical page as Daniel Harding from the opening bars to the closing of this immense work. The recording quality is excellent, and the liner notes are informative and well written, giving some background on the initial performances of the work as well as what happened to the Mahler family after the work was completed, the work almost foreshadowing some of the awful things that the Mahlers experienced. For those that love and appreciate the very special music making of Gustav Mahler, this recording is certainly a worthy interpretation of Symphony No. 6 that should be listened to and emotionally digested. Strongly recommended."Report Abuse