Deryk Barker replied to my original post thusly:
>But this is a bloody masterpiece for heaven's sake!
Yes - I have heard that it is from numerous sources. I found a copy at the
public library and checked it out. It is the Giulini/Fassbaender/Araiza
CD. Never have I felt so much like a newcomer to classical music. I have
only listened to it once, (and again as I type). If I didn't know that it
is considered a masterpiece, I would have returned the CD on the spot. As
it is, I can keep it for another couple of weeks.
My question is: What should I look/listen for to make its
"masterpieceness" more evident to me? I am not coming new to Mahler - his
3rd is one of my favorites. With Das Lied, I seem to be put off by the
singing, whereas I am not with the 3rd and 2nd symphonies. I am certainly
willing to give old Gustav the benefit of the doubt and keep slogging thru
it, but need a little advice as to why it is thought so highly of. (Yes,
I know ended with a preposition).
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