program: mahler

Symphony No.5, I. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng Wie Ein Kondukt
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal
Symphony No.5, I. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng Wie Ein Kondukt

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).

As a composer, Mahler acted as a bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era.

The Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler’s cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the trumpet solo that opens the work; The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge.

After 1945 Mahler’s music was rediscovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; He then became a frequently performed and recorded composer, a position he has sustained into the 21st century.

…our hearts are gripped by a voice of awe-inspiring solemnity, which we seldom or never hear above the deafening traffic of mundane affairs. “What next?” it says. What is life–and what is death?

Have we any continuing existence?

Is it all an empty dream, or has this life of ours, and our death, a meaning?
If we are to go on living, we must answer this question.

—  Program notes for Mahler Symphony No. 2 written by Mahler for a 1901 Dresden performance
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Gustav Mahler - “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”

 

I fucking love this music… 

 

I am lost to the world
with which I used to waste so much time,
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I am dead!

It is of no consequence to me
Whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the world’s tumult,
And I rest in a quiet realm!
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love and in my song!