I have had a lifelong love affair with Gustav Mahler. His 9th symphony, especially the last movement, has always been my personal favorite. Mahler is an extraordinary talent – his gentle, long appoggiaturas and bursts of (what was called) loud, and gorgeous noise!! It makes my heart bleed. I was singing through his Des Knaben Wunderhorn last week. I am always amazed by his brilliance and genius. Die Shonen Trompeten is my personal favorite. The middle section “Willkommen lieber knabe mein, so lang…” ahhhh! So stunning it is hard to sing and not cry!!

Gustav Mahler performed by Sophie Von Otter

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 9 in D: IV