Mahler: Symphony No. 6
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1. Mahler: Symphony No. 6: I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo: Heftig, aber markig 17:51
2. Mahler: Symphony No. 6: II. Scherzo: Wuchtig 12:46
3. Mahler: Symphony No. 6: III. Andante moderato 15:55
4. Mahler: Symphony No. 6: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato 31:30
Levi, who became Music Director of the ASO in 1988, plans to serve in that capacity until the year 2000.
Mahler composed his Symphony No. 6 in A Minor in 1904, and revised it several times. Divided into four movements, it was subtitled "Tragic" at its first performances, but the composer later discarded that appellation.
A highly emotional work, the symphony is noted for its ominous "hammer blows of fate" in the final movement, depicting, according to Mahler, the downfall of his hero, "who undergoes three strokes of destiny, the third of which fells him like a tree." In his final revision of the symphony, Mahler deleted the third hammer blow, leaving only the first two dramatic moments so accompanied.