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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3

By Ewa Marciniec

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By Ewa Marciniec, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, and Daniel Raiskin. By Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Classical. Listening CD (2 discs). Naxos #AVI 8553325. Published by Naxos (NX.AVI-8553325).

Item Number: NX.AVI-8553325

The composer who dared such open rivalry with God himself was also a brilliant conductor. "Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music," Schelling once wrote, and Mahler applied this in his conducting style: music is architecture transposed into the dimension of time- moving, flowing architecture. Instead of merely tracing the outlines of fellow-artists' musical blueprints with a schoolboyish hand, Mahler built forms based on the drawings of great musical architects. To Mahler, the actual process of constructing a musical form- its deployment along the axis of time- was infinitely more important than the ultimate goal, a perfectly formed crystal. Daniel Raiskin takes on Mahler's third symphony, putting into practice this same idea of acting as a musical architect, a master builder who immediately brings his construction project into fruition in the concert hall.

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