In the first part of this sporadically updated series, I offered a very brief introduction to the intriguing music of Gustav Mahler. There were a couple of brief mentions of my favorite Mahler passages, and links to a few blog entries celebrating his 150th birthday. As a brass player, I can’t help but enjoy Mahler’s music. He loved highlighting the brass section, and did it as well as any composer in history.
For the second part of this series, I’d like to offer a few recordings that I feel best illustrate Mahler’s considerable talents.
Symphony #8, First Movement “Hymn: Veni, Creator Spiritus”
Symphony #5, First Movement “Trauermarsch”
Symphony #3, First Movement
Kindertotenlieder, as sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau