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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7

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David Zinman's audiophile series of Gustav Mahler's symphonies for RCA has garnered much critical praise, due mainly to the coherence of his musical interpretations and the marvelous clarity of the playing by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Both qualities are vital to understanding Mahler, whose intensely varied music is never easily pinned down, and often just as easily muddled. The Symphony No. 7 in E minor, unofficially nicknamed "The Song of the Night," is one of Mahler's most complicated works because it contains a sprawling symphonic dirge, a haunted yet charmingly pastoral nocturne, a grim danse macabre, a humorously amorous serenade, and a rondo finale based on nineteenth century musical clich?s, all designed to showcase the many moods and mood swings of Mahler, perhaps the most complicated composer of the twentieth century. In the hands of conductors who don't understand the work's inner connections and overall continuity, the symphony can sound like a series of bizarre vignettes, disconnected... Hide synopsis

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