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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.2 (Audio CD)
The music itself is excellent, however the organisation of the disc is annoying. The first movement of Symphony No 2 is 21'50" and is on the first disc. The other 4 movements are on the second disc, together with the adagio from Symphony No 10 which is 22'13" so you have to change discs after the first movement. The Symphony No 10 adagio being one movement should have been on one disc and the whole of Symphony No 2 the other disc.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2009 12:30:43 BDT
Mahler Fan says:
It might be of interest for you to learn that Mahler called for a pause of at least five minutes after the first movement because he was concerned that after such a powerful first movement his second movement, a charming Austrian Ländler, would seem an afterthought. Well, maybe Gergiev and the producers of this disc are simply reflecting Mahlers thoughts by letting the listener decide how long the pause should be. At least it is as long as it takes to change discs.
Posted on 25 Dec 2009 10:56:04 GMT
I am by no means a fan of Gergiev's Mahler. But it seems rather unfair to me to drag down the rating of this disc over such a trivial matter as this.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 09:12:31 BDT
Neil Ford says:
I don't think it's a trivial matter. I think Mahler, given the choice, would not have wanted his listeners to be forced to get up and fiddle with the CD player mid-symphony. Especially when, as the reviewer points out, the situation was entirely avoidable.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2012 22:44:26 GMT
This situation has now been remedied on the complete box set, where the whole of the 2nd symphony is now on one disc (CD 2) and the 10th adagio is now placed after the 1st symphony on CD 1. Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (LSO/Gergiev)
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2015 22:04:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2015 22:05:40 BDT
This is entirely correct, and therefore by suggesting the 'situation has been remedied" by putting the whole work on one disc in the box set goes exactly against what Mahler insisted on when listening to this performance.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2015 23:59:58 BDT
Yes but when Mahler wrote this symphony, recorded music didn't exist yet (or if it did, it was very primitive). He was thinking in terms of live concert performance. Even if the work was put over two discs, or a five minute gap was inserted between the first and second movement on the CD or into the download, it's entirely down to the discretion of the listener whether they allow the silent break to play or to just skip it whereas that is not the case in a live concert experience. If you wanted that five minute gap, you can just as easily pause the recording for that long after the first movement. So I don't think it matters much whether it's on one disc or two.
Also, the problem that Mahler was concerned about would be much more pronounced on a live audience in the hall than on someone listening at home to a CD/downloaded recording. So I don't think you can really equate the two things.
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