Mahler: Keeping Score
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From the sounds outside his bedroom window a kind of sonic goulash of military marches, ethnic dance bands, church bells and nature itself Gustav Mahler created an entire universe of emotion in music. In an astonishingly productive twenty-five years, he fashioned ten symphonies and 45 songs of cosmic scale, great beauty and jarring emotional twists and turns. And he did it all in the brief moments he could spare from his day job as one of Europe s preeminent conductors. On Gustav Mahler: Origins and Legacy, the latest release in the PBS Keeping Score series, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler s childhood and bears witness to his grand achievements, great sorrows and daring musical explorations into the depths of the human soul. Join MTT and the San Francisco Symphony as they trace Mahler s rise as a young conductor, his career-crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, his turbulent marriage and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter and show how his stormy inner life inspired new and ever-more heartbreaking heights of creativity. SFS Media s two-disc set includes the documentary accompanied by a second disc with concert performances by the San Francisco Symphony including the first symphony, selected movements of the fifth, seventh and ninth symphonies and the complete Songs of a Wayfarer with baritone Thomas Hampson.
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The second DVD is also interesting with MTT giving a short but precise analysis of diferent key Mahler's themes, performed by the SFPO.
It is cleartly a great film, with an outstanding work from the journalistic side, and a remarkable performance of MTT.
I have also watched it once with people not familiar with classical music and with my surprise they liked it enough to insist to watch it in its entirety.
I recommend it as I recommend all the "Keeping Score" collection, for the house (just play them when children are around without forcing them to sit and watch) and for a school setting.
Great presents for music lovers!
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