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Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony no 7 / New York PO

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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor

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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
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Notes & Reviews:

"Bernstein's 1965 recording of the Seventh [is] one of the greatest performances of any musical work ever committed to disc...A must for any collection..." -Pernick, Fanfare. "...I'd rank this Sony disc as a first choice..." -Ashby, ARG

Notes & Reviews:

It has been said that Leonard Bernstein was always searching for immortality and in the music of Gustav Mahler, he found it. No matter how much you acknowledge the mythification of these two great musicians, the recorded legacy that Bernstein has left behind simply corroborates the special connection he had to Mahler's music.

Mahler's symphonic forms are massive, and without proper guidance they can seem aimless. This is especially true of the 7th symphony, which has baffled musicologists and conductors alike. Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, perhaps feeling the presence of Mahler himself--he too conducted this orchestra--imbue the symphony with passion, sarcasm, irony, triumph and chaos, letting contrasting emotional ideas flow into each other like meandering thoughts.

The symphony is shaped like an arch, with the central scherzo being the most important. Bernstein creates a chamber music atmosphere in the inner three movements, thereby allowing the last movement to be an answer to the first. To perform Mahler well is to see the end from the beginning, the way a sculptor must see the image trapped inside a block of marble. This recording is one of Bernstein's many artistic masterpieces.



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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
  • Performer: Raymond Sabinsky (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1905
  • Studio/Live: Studio