For this week's work, I chose the amazing Symphony No. 9, (another selection off the Symphonies You Should Own list
) by Gustav Mahler
. Mahler began composing his Ninth Symphony in 1908, and finished its orchestration nearly two years later. This remarkable symphony is a testament to Mahler's ability to express his innermost feelings through composition. Many believe that the last movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 represent "the five psychological stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance." In fact, Mahler was so certain of his coming death, he died before even hearing his Ninth Symphony performed. Mahler's life may have come to and end, but his spirit is alive and well in his music millions of us listen to everyday.
If you don't own the album, but would like to, I highly recommend Leonard Bernstein's Mahler Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic. This is an extremely impressive recording. It captures Mahler's intensity with clarity and distinction. Mahler's Symphony No. 9 is my favorite romantic period symphony. It is my hope you enjoy it just as much, if not more so, as I.
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