This weekend wcfsymphony returns to Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, a decade [to the weekend] after we last presented it. That occasion was my first performance of a full symphony by this composer, about whom I had already written extensively while in school. Over the intervening 10 years I’ve continued to traverse Mahler’s music with wcfsymphony, documenting our experiences as we go.
In an earlier post I shared one of only three extant audio clips of Mahler performing, from a set of Welte-Mignon piano rolls he recorded at Leipzig’s Welte & Sohne studios in 1905. Here is another recording of Mahler playing his own work – the second of his Songs of a Wayfarer – at that same session [mp3]. Twenty years earlier the composer drew upon this very song for much of the musical material of the First Symphony’s opening movement.