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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Mahler music: Abbado and the sixth symphony, 15 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.6 [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I've recently heard and seen on TV the final moments of Claudio Abbado conducting the sixth symphony of Gustav Mahler. It was a live concert with the Lucerne festival Orchestra. What I've seen in those final moments touched my heart in a way few works of art can. It was not the fact that it was Mahler sixth symphony (a work that for years fascinates me) but the face of the conductor. It seems like Abbado himself touched in those last moments the gates of death. Indeed, I see it in my mind, a man standing in front of a bridge, under him a vast darkness, and he look over that bridge, to the other side. Mahler's works are like that, like many great works of art, they prepare you for your death in a way your life by their own prepares you. But seeing the face of the conductor again it reminds me how close pain is to life. The final bars ends, the work ends, and all that remains of what was heard is a vast silence that although the applause cuts remain in the air, in the lower depth of those how feel such close to the music. In his face Abbado seems to draw the attention of how private this work is, how lonely he felt when the final notes surround him, it is a great work, a powerful and devastating one, and also one that when you will look closer enough you will feel the fire burns you out. During some of Mahler works there are moments when you feel as though you are hearing sounds from a world that is so private, so personal that you ask yourself whatever was going in his mind that moments, when he set and wrote.
More then most Composers Mahler's music seems to touch the daily life of the modern era. Like other painters and authors he seems to see how crucial life are, how much depth the soul of man have, and how lonely life are in the modern society.

Abbado felt it, his own agony in Mahler sixth, a work that for some people come so close to their heart that it has devastating impact. I encourage every person who interested in music for wherever he is to try and hear Mahler symphonies. It doesn't have to be the sixth symphony but other, each of his works represent a lonely walk in mind of a man that is not that different from you or I. He said by himself that is time is yet to come. Today it seems so many conductors conducts Mahler, in so many places in the world, so his time may have come. For me it was already when I was 11 years old, when I've heard one of his symphonies for the first time. Its music that belong to other time, a time that is no longer excites, but Abbado face show it, music that was written above his time, above time.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2011 22:03:41 GMT
Fogie says:
It would help if the English syntax was correct or if someone proof-read it first. We all know that Mahler makes you cry. It is not at all unusual and so I am reluctantly drawn once more into this well of sorrow by the temptations of the blu-ray format and my luckily fine equipment.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2011 00:51:17 BDT
You have chosen your name well ...Beckmesser perhaps. This man is writing a very personal, passionate, heartfelt response to the music, emotions I too share. He is to be applauded both for his perception, honesty and courage, not have to listen to fools like you waffling about "the grammar". Who cares about his "syntax" - perhaps he's writing in English as a second language. Who cares. Its what he has to say about the recording that matters - he has inspired me to go buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2011 07:01:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2011 07:30:06 BDT
Ultrarunner says:
You sound like a bloody academic, living in a Ivory Tower,or a frustrated school teacher. Why be so Pedantic. I just do not think you get it. What the reviewer has written is what many of us feel about Mahler. I wish individuals would abide by the following rule, when you type a remark like this on the computer, make sure you can say it to a persons face,if not, do not type it.
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