- Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")
Mahler: Symphony No. 1by Marin Alsop
Conductors seem to have a choice nowadays in the way they perform Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D major." Some have followed a trend, increasingly accepted since the 1990s, to include the Blumine movement, which was once part of the early tone poem version of the symphony, known as Der Titan; others have performed the symphony as it was finally authorized and published, without Blumine. For this 2012 Naxos release, Marin Alsop has recorded the published version with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and she demonstrates why the symphony really doesn't need the discarded movement. This energetic and pulsing performance reveals the underlying connection between the first and second movements, which generates the work's compelling force and propels it. Imagine inserting the slow and lyrical Blumine between these rollicking movements, and it becomes clear that the trajectory of the music would be thrown off course. Alsop's interpretation is straightforward and direct, and the committed playing of the BSO confirms her vision of the essential unity of the symphony's four-movement form. Newcomers to the symphony will do well to give Alsop's recording a try. The sound is Naxos' finest, with clear details, brilliant colors, and spacious acoustics.
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Performance CreditsMarin Alsop Primary Artist
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