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Mahler & Symphony 2 & Movement 3 & Berio & Sinfonia & Movement 3

From Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 (“Resurrection”), the third movement. Georg Solti conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (1966). This is one of my favorite movements, in one of my favorite symphonies. Sound advisory: Do be advised of abrupt volume changes.

And now, as a follow up, one of the wildest, craziest pieces of music I know. Here, Luciano Berio uses Mahler’s third movement as the ambient background for the third movement of his own Sinfonia (1968-69). He creates a mind-blowing sound collage using overlaying voices (with snatches of text, mostly from Claude Lévi-Strauss and Samuel Beckett) and musical fragments that include Stravinski, Ravel, Beethoven and György Ligeti (whose music appeared in sequences of Kubrick’s 2001). Pierre Boulez conducts the Orchestre National de France, with Ward Swingle and the New Swingle Singers (1969). I find the effect kind of dreamlike. Judge for yourself!

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One response to “Mahler & Symphony 2 & Movement 3 & Berio & Sinfonia & Movement 3

  1. The second piece is certainly different. What a trip.

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