Post by Snidely
Athel Cornish-Bowden pounded on thar keyboard to tell us
We're listening to Mahler's 2nd Symphony on Arte. I find very small bits of
Mahler OK, but it doesn't seem to go anywhere, it takes for ever to get
there, and is utterly unmemorable. Does that make me a complete peasant?
We're now on the 3rd movement, and I don't remember anything about the 1st.
All I remember about the 2nd is that there was some singing.
Mahler is obsessed with death and Heaven. From the connection of a child's
view of Heaven (explicit in one whole symphony), there are lots of quotations
of folk songs, especially ones a child might sing. You can also find funeral
I find Mahler to be far longer than I'm comfortable with, although with _Lied
von die Erde_ the songs help. I also find Bruckner longer than I'm
comfortable with, but he's only interested in Heaven, and death is just
detail in getting there.
Locally, the radio station is unlikely to play a complete Mahler or
Bruckner symphony during the day, although the Adagietto (from No. 6, IIRC)
is pretty popular, and sometimes the March gets to slide in.
As does _Blumine_.
Post by Snidely
My introduction to Mahler's smaller-scale songs was piano and soprano as an
introduction to a symphony,, specifically "Rueckert-Lieder" and the 9th.
This was in a concert series by the orchestra I subscribe to. (A couple of
years earlier, they did Bruckner's 9th with an introit by the Norbertine
Fathers of St Michael's Abbey.)
I think the songs (not just "Rueckert-Lieder") should be played more often.
 The local radio station was relatively local when I arrived
locally;, where "local" means very large metropolitan area", and large
means "lots of land" and "lots of people".
Since then, it has partnered with a station in another very large
metropolitan area that's about 6 hours away, and while they have their
own hosts, the daytime and overnight programming is shared. The
evening programming differs, and at my end regularly features concerts
by 3 diferent area orchestras, as well as a weeknight host who will
play Mahler and Bruckner, as well as Blitzstein's _Airborne Symphony_
and interviews with composers, conductors, and soloists.
"This is all very fine, but let us not be carried away be excitement,
but ask calmly, how does this person feel about in in his cooler
moments next day, with six or seven thousand feet of snow and stuff on
top of him?"
_Roughing It_, Mark Twain.