Saturday, 24 November 2007

Mahler 2nd Symphony

Attended (together with Raluca and a well-behaving Theodor) the world famous Simphony no.5 („Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler. It was a success, due to its conductor, too: Meïr Minsky. At some points, there were a few musicians from the orchestra who were playing from the hall rather than from the stage, others were playing from the doorway which led to the backstage - Stereo (if not Dolby Stereo) sound avant la lettre, one may say.
Forceful and impressive piece of music (whose premiere coincided with the birth of the cinema: December 1895), quite a large audience.
  • “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.”
  • “The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.”
  • “All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish.”
  • "I beg of you... never assume an inner or an outer pose, never a disguise.”

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