Notes & Reviews:
The Essen Philharmonic premiered Mahler's Sixth Symphony on May 27, 1906. The composer conducted the performance himself. He only led it two subsequent times: in 1906 in Munich and in 1907 in Vienna. The common nickname "Tragic Symphony" was only officially used once (at the first performance in Vienna) and then never again; it did not make its way into published editions of the score.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Young's finale matches the mood of I very well, but it also exposes the thin strings (particularly in the introduction passages), the lack of majesty in the horns, and most of all, the lack of heroism in the trumpets. Here we get a boom, as if the "hammer" was a huge drum, which I suspect it is. Still, there is plenty to enjoy: the strong bass coloring; the eloquent, often eerie solo tuba; the powerful trombones, fine woodwind playing, and Young's operatic sense of drama. The coda is odd in that in its second half the trombones are overbalanced by the horns - an effect I attribute to the conductor not the sound. The final blow is worth waiting for. This is a good finale that could have been a great one.
Recording information: Laeiszhalle, Hamburg (04/22/2007-04/23/2007).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
- Conductor: Simone Young
- Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic
- Notes: Laeiszhalle, Hamburg (04/22/2007-04/23/2007)
- Running Time: 84 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1903-1904