Author Topic: Mahler 7 for Chamber Orchestra!  (Read 141 times)

Offline James Meckley

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Mahler 7 for Chamber Orchestra!
« on: January 03, 2021, 07:16:24 AM »
Here's something I don't believe has been mentioned here:

Mahler Symphony No. 7
Arranged for Chamber Orchestra by Klaus Simon
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Thomas Søndergård, conductor
Linn Records, Glasgow ©2020

Mr. Simon hopes his arrangement will "enable a new and slimmer, even clearer, listening experience." This arrangement, along with his arrangements of six other Mahler symphonies, has been published by Universal Edition, Wien.
"We cannot see how any of his music can long survive him."
Henry Krehbiel, New York Tribune obituary of Gustav Mahler

Offline Vehemence

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Re: Mahler 7 for Chamber Orchestra!
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2021, 03:43:24 PM »
I just took a quick listen to the samples on the Linn website...

I feel so very sorry for the gentleman who had to play the lead trumpet in the Rondo-Finale. The first trumpet lick is exposed and difficult after playing on your face for the entire performance. I mean, it goes to concert C again, and again. So this guy strips down the orchestra to piano, timpani and horn which gives the trumpet player no cushion underneath him to actually play this lick. Frightening!

Offline barryguerrero

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Re: Mahler 7 for Chamber Orchestra!
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2021, 08:55:42 PM »
.    .    .   which really begs the question, what the hell is the point! Not only is M7 one of Mahler's best traversals from darkness to light, it's clearly his 'concerto for orchestra'. In no other symphony is the orchestration such an integral part of what is being expressed in the music (first movement of M3, yes). It's not just a question of big vs. small.


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