Thursday, August 4, 2011

Titan

Completely imaginative and original opening to a magnificent Titan Symphony Of Gustav Mahler in D major. It is an impassioned integration and fusion of natural drama and gypsy folk music of the Alpine regions. The orchestral forces assemble together in a masterful display of artistry and technique in the opening movement - Langsam Schleppend Wie Ein Naturland Im Anfang Sehr.
http://youtu.be/Xvd14vVzm_k

Composed in 1884 and inspired b Jean Paul's novel `The Titan', this Symphony's Second Movement is `Blumine' (The Flower Piece). It is indeed like a flower blooming into immortality with the theme carried by the trumpet. It is a beautifully crafted movement with the closing strains on solo violin and soft strings and woodwinds with the final glissando on the harps. It is a pity that most of the conductors omit this movement and not include it in the reading of the Symphony. Zubin Mehta has done full justice to it.
http://youtu.be/iGgI46Hf3XI

The Third Movement: Kraftig Bewegt Doch Nicht Zu Schnell Landler Scherzo Trio. This movement was described as bringing spring with no end and a set with full sails. It is composed in A major. It is based on an Austrian Landler Folk dance. It is written in a truly mad and deep style that is releasing an ardent energy and depicting true joy of life. It is being played in a live concert by the Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentina with Zubin Mehta at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow on 5th April 2011.
http://youtu.be/65y-Ixzm4Yo

The third movement is the slow movement. Feierlich und Gemessen, ohne zu Schleppen. It is a hunter's funeral and the hunter is being carried by animals. The melodic material is based on the popular Alpine folk melody `Bruder Martin' or also known as `Frere Jacques'. Mahler changed it though and transformed it into a minor mode. the movement ends with simple alternating fourths in the lower strings bringing the key motive back from the initial movement.
http://youtu.be/K56-KpR1ICE

The Finale - Sturmisch Bewegt - has to burst in after the dissipating gong resonance of the Hunter's Funeral in an impetuous fashion. There is a storm. The great theme after the storm has to be phrased in an excellent way. It has to be interpreted as anxious, angry and dramatic to conclude in a blaze as Zubin Mehta does in his reading.
http://youtu.be/05TE1WX4dUs


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