On this day in 1860, the great composer and conductor, Gustav Mahler, was born. Anyone who knows me well will know that I have a special fondness for this composer and his music. Many of the recordings in my music collection are of his symphonies. I own about 32 recordings featuring his works, and have four more on order currently. I've also had the privilege of hearing at least two performances of Mahler in my lifetime: In Tulsa in 2002, and in Chicago in 2008. To commemorate this occasion, I'll be listening to the recordings which are considered among the best ever made of those particular works, including Bernstein's Vienna 5th, Mehta's Vienna 2nd, Bernstein's Berlin 9th, and a few others.
Anyone up for a discussion on why they like Mahler?
(x-posted to classical_furs, classical_music, mahler, and personal LJ)
Melody: Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Bernstein/Vienna PO)