Post by Uncle Henry on Mar 23, 2016 1:18:22 GMT -5
Here is an outstanding performance of Gustav Mahler's seventh symphony. It is so much better is it not when a symphony ends properly with a bang, like this one, as opposed to his ninth which just fades away in a rather cheap and sentimental way. Nothing of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or Brahms fades away at the end does it. And this seventh symphony is full of wonderful complexity; even the Viennese folk tunes are worked that way, whereas again those in the ninth are more sentimental and simple.
The conductor, a Mr. Storgårds, works himself up into a true frenzy, unlike anything we have seen from an English conductor. It cannot be good for his physicality, but of course it suits the listeners well. I have never seen such an enthusiastic audience, and rightly so.