04 Oct 2020
October 4, 2020

11:18:28 Mahler Complete Symphonies (Bernstein)

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11:18:28 Mahler Complete Symphonies (Bernstein)

Symphony 1 in D Major “Titan” (1887-1888)
00:00 I. Langsam, schleppend (Slowly, dragging) Immer sehr gemächlich (very restrained throughout) D major
15:12 II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (Moving strongly, but not too quickly), Recht gemächlich (restrained), a Trio—a Ländler A major
23:31 III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen (Solemnly and measured, without dragging), Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise (very simple, like a folk-tune), and Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im Anfang (once again somewhat more agitated, as at the start)—a funeral march based on the children’s song “Frère Jacques” (or “Bruder Jacob”) D minor
33:51 IV. Stürmisch bewegt – Energisch (Stormily agitated – Energetic) F minor → D major

Symphony 2 in C Minor “Resurrection” (1888-1894)
52:51 I. Allegro maestoso, Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck (With complete gravity and solemnity of expression) C minor
1:16:31 II. Andante moderato, Sehr gemächlich. Nie eilen. (Very leisurely. Never rush.) Ländler in A♭ major
1:28:12 III. In ruhig fließender Bewegung (With quietly flowing movement) C minor
1:38:19 IV. “Urlicht” (Primal Light)m Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht (Very solemn, but simple) D♭ major
1:43:48 V. Finale. Im Tempo des Scherzos (In the tempo of the scherzo)

Symphony 3 in D Minor (1893-1896)
2:17:38 I. Kräftig. Entschieden (Strong and decisive) D minor to F major
2:50:58 II. Tempo di Menuetto (In the tempo of a minuet) A major
3:01:10 III. Comodo (Scherzando) (Comfortable (Scherzo)) C minor to C major
3:19:06 IV. Sehr langsam—Misterioso (Very slowly, mysteriously) D major
3:27:55 V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck (Cheerful in tempo and cheeky in expression) F major
3:32:08 VI. Langsam—Ruhevoll—Empfunden (Slowly, tranquil, deeply felt) D major

Symphony 4 in G Major – E major (1899-1900)
3:57:16 I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen (Moderately, not rushed) – sonata form
4:14:10 II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast (Leisurely moving, without haste) – scherzo and trio
4:23:16 III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio (Peacefully, somewhat slowly) – theme and variations
4:43:51 IV. Sehr behaglich (Very comfortably) – strophic

Symphony 5 in C♯ minor – D major (1901-1902)
Part I
4:52:26 I. Trauermarsch (Funeral march). In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt (At a measured pace. Strict. Like a funeral procession.) C♯ minor
5:04:56 II. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz (Moving stormily, with the greatest vehemence) A minor
Part II
5:19:15 III. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell (Strong and not too fast) D major
Part III
5:36:55 IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam (Very slow) F major
5:47:55 V. Rondo-Finale. Allegro – Allegro giocoso. Frisch (Fresh) D major

Symphony 6 in A minor “Tragic” (1903-1904, revised 1906) [This should be the original version] 6:01:45 I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig.
6:23:11 II. Scherzo: Wuchtig
6:35:40 III. Andante moderato
6:51:00 IV. Finale: Sostenuto – Allegro moderato – Allegro energico

Symphony 7 in E minor – C major “Song of the Night” (1904-1905)
7:19:40 I. Langsam – Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo (E minor, beginning B minor)
7:40:34 II. Nachtmusik I. Allegro moderato. Molto moderato (Andante) C major — C minor
7:57:16 III. Scherzo. Schattenhaft. Fließend aber nicht zu schnell (“Shadowy. Flowing but not too fast”) D major
8:06:53 IV. Nachtmusik II Andante amoroso. F major
8:21:32 V. Rondo finale. C major

Symphony 8 in E♭ major “Symphony of a Thousand” (1906)
8:39:32 Part I: Veni creator spiritus
9:03:36 Part II: Closing scene from Goethe’s Faust

Symphony 9 in D major – D♭ major (1908-1909)
9:58:41 I. Andante comodo (D major)
10:27:05 II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb (C major)
10:42:58 III. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig (A minor)
10:55:31 IV. Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend (D♭ major)

Bernstein’s first Mahler cycle was the first (of now many) complete Mahler cycles with symphonies 1-9 recorded between 1960 and 1967 on the CBS (now Sony) label.
The cycle used performances by the New York Philharmonic—the same orchestra that Mahler led during a brief tenure between 1909 and his death in 1911—as well as a performance of the 8th symphony by the London Symphony Orchestra.