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P Stumpf
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# Posted: 9 May 2009 22:30


Simply outstanding performance of this splendid symphony. Boulez knows this work inside out and elicited a superbly nuanced performance. Michelle DeYoung again in top form for the haunting "O Mensch! Gib acht!" ; and a truly transcendent final movement. Minor quibbles: a couple of sour notes from the offstage trumpet; and a squirming, bouncing boy in the front row of the choir (who seemed to disturb DeYoung as well) during the third movement. Otherwise the best in the series so far.

William Zucker
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# Posted: 11 May 2009 03:53


If nothing else, I would have loved to have heard De Young one more time, in that very touching fourth movement, which by the way, elicits tears from me. I have been informed that at the very end, the final chord of the work was brutally cut off short.

One general comment: Mahler requests that the final three movements be performed segue; that is to say, following each other directly. I fully agree with this, in this particular symphony, and would carry it one step further, in that the third movement also be followed directly by the fourth with very little break. The end of the third movement, a hurried conclusion following the final posthorn episode which is the true conclusion, leaves one with an incomplete feeling, as a result of the tonal tension remaining.
The following movement, in the direction that it takes from the outset, comes as a direct resolution, and so this procedure should be considered whether or not Mahler has indicated it.

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