Interesting, but...May 19, 2013By James Carleton (Camarillo, CA)See All My Reviews"I own the original Decca release of this CD. I play it once every couple of years, find a few new things of interest in it, then put it back on its shelf, and ignore it for a long while. I think the problem with this, for me, is that I hear absolutely nothing of Mahler in it, despite the dedication to his wife, Mahler's daughter Anna, and the mention (several times in the liner notes) of Krenek's attempts to model this work on that of his father-in-law. It is curious, however, that the composer, in writing about the work 20 years after its premiere, mentions Mahler not once. I suspect that some critics have attempted to force the issue merely due to the size of the musical canvas. Now, what I *do* hear is Busoni and Hindemith (especially Hindemith!), as well as presages of composers such as Lutoslawski and Sorabji, whose nearly every work is a study in counterpoint. In and of itself, this is no bad thing, and there are many moments in this symphony which deserve careful attention, and which are rewarding. But, the totality of this work is less than the sum of the parts. I think it could have used two things: a melody here and there, and some editing. I do not regret buying it, but I also do not rejoice in the discovery of a fascinating and enjoyable musical experience. It is interesting, but no more than that."Report Abuse
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