Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic features a single, epic piece: Mahler's Sixth Symphony. Composed from 1903-05, this tour de force for virtuoso orchestra speaks a powerful language never heard before that time.

"There's something very special about the Sixth," says Gilbert. "It happens to be a deeply disparing, pessimistic work. Something about the ending is just utterly devastating. There are not many pieces where you don't know what to hope or even wheether to hope. But the journey along the way, from beginning to end, really covers the entire life experience."




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Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane from LaKE Hiawatha, NJ

Just recently we marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Mahler. Beyond his composing genius, he was, perhaps, the single most dynamic force at his time in turning around the attitudes of instrumentalists and opera singers. At the Imperial Opera, now named simply, the Vienna State Opera, he insisted that the performers ACT not merely just stand and sing or just prance about the stage. He was also "instrumental," as the chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic in getting the discipline necessary to properly perform the new works. In a sense, he inspired the instrumentalists like Wagner earlier and Toscanini later, to higher goals and greater technical proficiency.
His magnificent dynamic, densely composed Sixth Symphony composed between 1903 and 1905 is a landmark masterpiece. Thanks Maestro Alan Gilbert for your impressive performance tonight of this mighty work.

Oct. 21 2010 10:07 PM
Bernhard Chu from Montreal, Canada

Why are second and third movements reversed?

Oct. 21 2010 09:52 PM
Peter Kines from New York City

As a long-time devotee of WQXR, I am very pleased with the new slant towards more adventurous programming.


I find your new website very confusing and quite inferior to the straight-forward simplicity of the old website. On the same page I am writing this message on, for example, is an announcement that Mahler's Sixth Symphony will be played on Thursday 10/21. BUT WHAT TIME?

In the program listing, I can't find what's coming up, only what's played already. And all the elements are mushed together in a kind of hodge-podge. It's not reader friendly, at least in my view.

Thank you,
Peter A. Kines

Oct. 21 2010 05:50 PM

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