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Probably one of the most beautiful pieces written by Gustav Mahler. The major theme is also known as the Alma (his wife and later muse of artistic Vienna) theme. On a musical level the admiration for the Wagnerian principles of endless melodies is incorporated in a brilliant fashion. Much like the Tristan und Isolde opera where only at the last instance the melody is brought home.

This specific recording performed by the Chicago Symphony orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado is… read more

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