Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)
This remarkably original work, with its recurring quotations from the composer's own songs, notably Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy's Magic Horn), is the perfect expression of one of Gustav Mahler's most quoted sayings, 'The symphony is a world; it must contain everything'. The opening movement, filled with sounds that Mahler remembered from his childhood, depicts 'Nature's awakening from the long sleep of winter', and is followed by an exuberant scherzo and trio based on a Landler. The disturbing slow movement funeral march, based on the children's song Frere Jacques, is unlike anything that had been heard before, and the symphony concludes with music of thrilling dramatic intensity.
Mahler Symphony No 1 in D major
'Fresh and vibrant, this recording of Mahler's First Symphony is appealing as a persuasive reading of this familiar work.' (MusicWeb International)
'Alsop brings a vigorous spring to the music's step.' (Gramophone)
'Alsop is the first woman ever to record a Mahler symphony...with a major orchestra...Mahler suits her own multifaceted temperament' (4 STARS Audiophile Audition)
'this new CD offers a rewarding experience' (International Record Review)