Mahler: Symphony no.1, "Titan" (Neeme Järvi/ Orchestre National de France)
The Orchestre National de France performs Gustav Mahler's "Titan" Symphony no.1 in d major, conducted by Neeme Järvi. Excerpt from the concert recorded live on 24 January 2019 at the Radio France Auditorium.
Seven years after das Klagende Lied, an early work by Mahler, the composer premiered his first symphony at the Hungarian opera in Budapest (of which he was the musical director) in 1888, the same year as Shéhérazade by Rimsky Korsakov, a composer with whom he shared a strong sense of orchestral colour.
Mahler drew strong inspiration from Titan, the novel by Jean Paul, one of the most prolific authors of German Romanticism and also an influence upon Robert Schumann. Thus the Symphony no.1 was initially conceived as a "Symphonic Poem in five movements".
Its final form is classic, in 4 movements, but the score is distinctive for its originality and for its style unique to Mahler. Only he could imagine the murmuring noises of Nature in the first movement, the rustic waltzes and inspirations of Lieder in the second, the mixture of tragic and burlesque (the theme of Brother Jacques) in the third, and the immense nature of the final movement.
- Emmanuel KrivineConductor
- Neeme JärviConductor
- Orchestre National de FranceOrchestra