Mahler makes a perplexing response to the birth of a daughter: a song cycle about the death of children. Donald Macleod explores the motives behind the work, and the reaction of his young wife to his emotional outpouring.
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Symphony no 7 – 3rd movement
Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Gustav Mahler - Kindertotenlieder
Performer: Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
Symphony no 5 (finale)
Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
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