Mahler - Symphony No. 1 "Titan"
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan"
By Gustav Mahler (Composer), Carlos Paita (Conductor), The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Very Good Condition
Do we really need another recording of Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony? There are so many wonderful versions including Walter, Solti, Kubelik, Bernstein, Ormandy, Abbado, Leinsdorf and on and on. But wait! There's something different going on here...
It's 2014 and let's get into our time machine and set it for the year, 1893. It's the evening of October 27th and we're setting with our beer and cigar in the concert hall in Hamburg, Germany. Gustav Mahler is conducting his new "Titan, a Tone Poem in Symphonic Form". It's not yet called a "symphony" with it's 5 movements for orchestra. This isn't the 4 movement symphony that we all know and love in the 21st century. It still has that lovely 2nd movement called "Blumine" (which was later removed by Mahler), the orchestration is so different, and I've never heard that part before! It seems Mahler was always "revising" his works for performance. So here we are hearing this wonderful creation in it's original form, and it's really different from what we've gotten used to. It's new and familiar all at the same time!
This is a recent Sony recording by the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra with it's new and current principal conductor, Thomas Hengelbrock. (alas, Gunter Wand is no longer with us, but he wasn't a Mahler fan anyway!) This performance is based on the Hamburg 1893 Version with it's original orchestration. Hengelbrock's performance is lively, tender and captures this masterpiece perfectly in it's early evolution. The NDR orchestra plays beautifully.
You probably have other favorite recordings of this symphony on your shelf. This first symphony by Mahler has always been my personal favorite of the nine. I must say that this new recording is like rediscovering this work for the first time. It's very special and worth your consideration.
1. Langsam Schleppend,
2. Kraftig Bewegt,
3. Feierlich Und Gemessen, Ohne Zu Schleppen,
4. Sturmisch Bewegt