Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - James Levine

The first in the series of out-of-print classics:

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7
"Song of the Night"

James Levine conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1. Langsam; Allegro
2. Nachtmusik I: Allegro moderato; Andante
3. Scherzo: Schattenhaft
4. Nachtmusick II: Andante amoroso
5. Finale: Rondo

You've landed here because Google is an amazing search engine and this is precisely the recording you want. Or perhaps you're experiencing Mahler for the first time. Either way, there is plenty to listen to here, and it's quite a well-crafted performance.

I never listen to Mahler all in one sitting. Perhaps you might do the same: take it slowly to hear how the thematic material in each movement develops. You'll be greatly rewarded.

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I especially appreciate Levine's interpretation of the Scherzo and the Finale.


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