Several weeks ago I ordered from Readings in Malvern, the Blu-ray DVD recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Riccardo Chailly conducting. To quote from the Presto Classical website for this recording – Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. It’s certainly impressive.
Last Friday, Readings rang me to say the DVD had arrived, so on yesterday I drove to Malvern to collect it. While I was in the store a CD playing that I fell in love with. The music and orchestration stirred so many emotions in me, thst I asked the name of it, and bought it. Here is the title track: (The video comprises only still photos, but at least you can hear the music.)
There are many other tracks on the CD that also excite me. While this is a CD released in the USA on 2 May this year, it has songs that have the sound and beauty of music I loved in the 1970’s, some 40 years ago, when I was in my 30’s.
And just for the record, here is a video extract of the Blu-ray DVD that I ordered and collected on Monday. This is a spectacular work. Watch it full screen if you can, with stereo hi-fi sound.
Click on the 4 arrows at bottom right of the video to go full screen.