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(featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Levine, and featuring soprano Judith Blegen)
Gustav Mahler's (1860-1911) Fourth Symphony, was the first to be completed in the 20C : August 1900, to be precise. It is also the last of his "Wunderhorn" trilogy of symphonies, namely those works, where song-settings from the poetic anthology "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" are used.
The soprano song-finale, "Das himmlische Leben" ("Heavenly Life" - completed eight years previous) was one of Mahler's "humorous" songs ; he was in fact, particularly fond of "... Leben", a fact attested by the varied use to which he put the song within the Fourth Symphony, and also The Austrian's intial plan to use the song as the final movement of his Third Symphony.
Mahler also drew up a six-movement outline for this Fourth Symphony, in which the song would be placed in ironic contrast to the tragic balled "Das irdische Leben" ("Earthly Life").
Side One : Symphony No.4 in G major, by Mahler :-
1) I Bedachtig 2) II In Gemachlicher Bewegung : Ohne hast.
Side Two : Symphony 4 (conclusion) :-
1) III Ruhevoll 2) IV Sehr behaglich.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX/EX+.
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