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02-23-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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What, no Mahler?

Who listens to the Mahler 1, "Titan"?  Me either until, refusing to come down from Kubelik's New World, I re-tried K's Mahler 1, done here with Vienna Philharmonic, some time back.

I talked about my music/sound "Divergence" epiphany on the Playback Listening forum recently, and the knowledge I gained from that incident has since given me better access to more music, including some stuff I have set aside for many years because it is not hi-fi friendly or I simply always had +/- trouble with it before.

No, I still don't get the 3rd movement, but I am surprised and pleased to find out [again] that this can be a noble work, and the recording even sounds pretty good, too.  The LP is London ffrr CM9115.  It has way more bass than I can use and is odd in that it is mono that somehow benefits from being played with a stereo cartridge.  Perhaps it is "binaural".  Nice.  In fact, if your set up can do 20 Hz, you might have some real fun with this.

Kubelik works his hypnosis on the orchestra and the tone is rich for the diverse themes/moods in this divergent work that Kubelik amazingly pulls and keeps together.  This might include the 3rd movement, too, if the electricity were better.

I thought I liked Mahler as a teenager, when concerts were still cheap (and the halls were old and funky).  Maybe I still like it, after all.

Best regards,
Paul S

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Post ID: 6771
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Mahler 1
Hey Paul,
I like the #1 a lot. I have a recording with Leonard Bernstein and the Concertgebouw orchestra. I hope I got that right..
It starts off so light and cheerful. Building up, up, up and then there's this phenomenal depth and weight to it. Makes me think of whales and space travel and all sorts of slow, heavy and cozy imagery.
The third movement -isn't that the one with the "Broder Jacob" theme? I "got" that already when I was 5 ;-)
I didn't know it was called "Titan". I like my Titan much better than my ...whatever the #4 is called...

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