This year I'm listening to all the Mahler and Brucker symphonies over the summer holiday, movement by movement, one day at a time. I think I've got enough days to fit it all in. I don't have a plan but I do intend to hang it around the Proms, which include performances of (I believe) Mahler 1, 4, 5, 6 and 9 and Bruckner 7. [Update: Since the holiday cottage we've booked apparently has no wifi I won't be able to use iPlayer after all, so I'm listening to some of these on Spotify download after all.] All the others will have to fit around those (although I'll be using iPlayer, of course, for those). 

Otherwise I'm generally planning on using Spotify, although if I've still got some CDs lying around I might use them. 


Progress so far: (100%)

Bruckner 1

1: Allegro
2: Adagio
3: Scherzo: Lebhaft; Trio: Langsam
4: Finale: Bewegt und feurig

Bruckner 2

1: Moderato
2: Scherzo: Mäßig schnell
3: Feierlich, etwas bewegt
4: Finale: Ziemlich schnell

Bruckner 3

Listened to the 1889 Nowak version, Janowski and L'orchestra de la Suisse Romande

1: Gemäßigt, mehr bewegt, misterioso
2: Adagio. Bewegt, quasi Andante
3: Scherzo. Ziemlich schnell
4: Finale. Allegro

Bruckner 4 The Romantic

This was my S-level set work, and at the same time it was in the Youth Orchestra repertoire, so I know this quite well. 'Traditional' version (can't remember which of the many that is)

1: Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
2: Andante, quasi allegretto
3: Scherzo. Bewegt; Trio: Nicht zu schnell
4: Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

Bruckner 5

1: Introduction (Adagio) - Allegro.
2: Adagio. Sehr langsam.
3: Scherzo. Molto vivace
4: Finale (Adagio) - Allegro moderato

Bruckner 6

1: Majestoso
2: Adagio. Sehr feierlich
3: Scherzo. Nicht schnell; Trio: Langsam
4: Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

Bruckner 7

That opening tune is still one of the most intense listening experiences. Even in the hands of Karajan and the Berlin Phil. The second movement (the tribute to Wagner) is equally compelling

1: Allegro moderato
2: Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
3: Scherzo. Sehr schnell
4: Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell

Bruckner 8

Celibidache and the Munich Phil - connection with Celibidache from years back made me choose this performance of the monster 8th

1: Allegro Moderato
2: Scherzo. Allegro moderato; Trio. Langsam
3: Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
4: Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell

Bruckner 9

Using the recording just released by John Gibbons and the Aarhus Symphony with the Finale reconstructed by Nors S Josephson

1: Feierlich, Misterioso
2: Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio: Schnell
3: Adagio: Langsam, feierlich
4: Finale: Allegro (reconstructed by Nors S. Josephson)

Mahler 1

1: Langsam, schleppend - Immer sehr gemächlich
2: Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell, Recht gemächlich
3: Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
4: Stürmisch bewegt - Energisch

Mahler 2

1: Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck
2: Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich. Nie eilen
3: In ruhig fließender Bewegung
4: Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
5: Im Tempo des Scherzos

Mahler 3

Using the great Bernstein recording from Vienna, now on YouTube. Christa Ludwig provides the alto bloom. 

1: Kräftig. Entschieden
2: Tempo di Menuetto
3: Comodo (Scherzando)
4: Sehr langsam - Misterioso
5: Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
6: Langsam - Ruhevoll - Empfunden

Mahler 4

Gergiev and the LSO with Laura Claycomb at the end. 

1: Bedächtig, nicht eilen
2: In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
3: Ruhevoll, poco adagio
4: Sehr behaglich

Mahler 5

1: Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt
2: Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
3: Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell
4: Adagietto. Sehr langsam
5: Rondo-Finale. Allegro – Allegro giocoso. Frisch

Mahler 6

The Nelsons performance from this year's Proms. Fast first movement - nice and urgent - and a beautifully paced slow movement. Heavens, that's a great piece of music.

1: Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig.
2: Andante moderato
3: Scherzo: Wuchtig
4: Finale: Sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Allegro energico

Mahler 7

1: Langsam – Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo
2: Nachtmusik I. Allegro moderato. Molto moderato (Andante)
3: Scherzo: Schattenhaft. Fließend aber nicht zu schnell
4: Nachtmusik II: Andante amoroso
5: Rondo-Finale

Mahler 8

Got the big one out of the way early on. First part more concise than I remember it; second part is just as long as I remember it, but much more listenable 30 years on...

1: Part I: Veni creator spiritus
2: Part II: Closing scene from Goethe's Faust

Mahler 9

1: Andante comodo
2: Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb
3: Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
4: Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Listening to Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony because unusually the non-tenor is being sung by Thomas Hampton rather than a mezzo/alto. Great to hear it thus (although maybe having the lady singing that part makes a bigger contrast with the tenor?). But it's a dream of mine...

1: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
2: Der Einsame im Herbst
3: Von der Jugend
4: Von der Schönheit
5: Der Trunkene im Frühling
6: Der Abschied

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