Thursday, November 11, 2004

Mahler: Symphony No. 9, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cond. Yoel Levi
Levi's cool approach didn't work well in this confessional symphony, particularly in the first movement which sounds dull and Mozartian. Not that Mozart is dull, but Mahler in a Mozartian manner does. Levi's interpretation didn't get warmer and more personal as the piece moved on, but the piece itself seemed to bear his interpretation better. The finale was wonderful, especially in its dying seconds where Levi's precision made the final, icy fragments sound with emptiness and utter resignation.

Now that the election is over, Mahler's ninth and tenth are going to spend a lot of time in my CD player with an occasional visit from Das Lied von der Erde.


Post a Comment

<< Home