Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

For all flesh is as grass

For various complicated reasons I've had this tune going round inside my head for a day or two, and listened to my good old vinyl recording (cond. Otto Klemperer) of the whole piece last night - first time for twenty-odd years. That one isn't online, but this one's pretty good.

I must confess to having a weakness for musical passages which sound as though they have a definite destination, they know where it is, and you'd better get out of the way or be flattened by a wall of sound. The end of Mahler's Second Symphony is like that, and so is the wonderful bit here from from 2:20 until the chorus re-enters with an even bigger wall of sound. Awesome.