Gergiev and Mariinsky's Mahler: The First Symphony
The Carnegie Hall and US premiere of Mahler's First Symphony took place on December 16, 1909, with the New York Philharmonic conducted by the composer.
Mahler's triumphant First Symphony, the work that introduced the composer's staggering talent to the public, encountered fierce critical resistance at its premiere but is now firmly entrenched in the standard repertoire. With its wide spectrum of orchestral colors, echoes of nature, quirky funeral music, and final message of hard-earned victory, the symphony offers the listener a veritable epic novel in sound.
Excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” (IV. Stürmisch bewegt)
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev