Music Concert Review
A Tale of Two Symphonies
I have chosen to review A Tale of Two Symphonies, a western classical concert. The concert was performed in the city New York, in the Lincoln Centre, on 29th July, 2008. The concert, which was performed by the 42nd Mostly Mozart Orchestra, had a conductor named Louis. The two pieces that were performed in the concert were Mozart Symphony no’ 40, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, or the song of the Earth, was composed by Gustav Mahler. It was a beautiful piece of art, though my best piece was Mozart’s Symphony. The chamber group for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde was composed of 14 orchestra players. They were accompanied by a piano and two keyboards, a celesta and an organ. Other instruments included viola, clarinets, flutes, cellos and oboes. The two voices in the piece were a soprano and a tenor from Anna Larson and Paul Gloves respectively.
I had encountered Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde before, in a recording. At first, I had thought that the performance piece was boring, but I changed my mind after seeing the efforts of the orchestra players and listening to the presentation first hand. First, I was amazed by the horns at the introduction of the piece and then by the perfect harmony between the musical accompaniments and the voices. However, what moved me most was Mahler’s personal history and the history of the song.
Mahler had learnt of his heart condition after the death of his daughter. During diagnosis, Mahler was receiving free translated poems of original Chinese verses. He selected seven of the poems that were in agreement of his belief towards death. He rewrote the poems and...