Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4
In contrast to its opulent predecessor symphonies, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.4 was a study in sunlit joy, intimacy and transparency. In addition, the finale is an orchestral lieder on a poem from one of Mahler’s favorite sources, the poetry collection Des knaben Wunderhorn. The tone landscape is characterized by almost childlike innocence, with a handful of the sort of colorful interruptions that characterize Mahler’s middle-period symphonies. Fabio Luisi and the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig continue their survey of Mahler’s orchestral works with this release.