Friday, January 09, 2009

Mahler's 9th - A Symphony of Farewells

Well, what more could we need for "pre-concert remarks" about Mahler's Symphony No. 9? The Harrisburg Symphony will be playing it this weekend, Saturday at 8pm (snow or shine) and Sunday at 3pm at the Forum in Downtown Harrisburg and I'm doing the pre-concert talk an hour before each performance.

Talking with Odin Rathnam after last night's rehearsal, he told me that Leonard Bernstein's "Four Ways to Say Farewell," his very personal observations on Mahler's 9th, was available on YouTube. So I've embedded them here (in this case, with Chinese subtitles, posted from Hong Kong, and Bernstein conducting a rehearsal with the Vienna Philharmonic in German).

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

- Dr. Dick

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