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Mahler explained but not demistified,
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This review is from: Mahler: His Life and Music (Book, plus 2 Audio CDs, plus Online Music Library) (Paperback)
For many music lovers and concert-goers, Mahler's music is challenging, not only in its length but in its complexity. Mahler himself said that a symphony should include everything, the whole world and most of his do but not everyone can cope with the expansive and all-embracing.
His 1888/89 Second Symphony, known as the "Resurrection" symphony, with its expanded orchestra and full choir, always leaves me uplifted, inspired and wanting more but at a loss to explain in detail. Johnson's well-illustrated book with its two study CDs provides easy journeys into the complexities in language accessible to the non-musician but it does not demistify. Its structure makes it simple to dip in and the CDs are well produced, making it a very valuable addition to any Mahler library.
For those interested in Mahler, I also recommend these DVDs to accompany it:
Ken Russell's "Mahler"
Michael Tilson Thomas's "Keeping Score - Mahler"
Leonard Bernstein's "Little Drummer Boy".