Originally Posted by boodi
I'm listening to Mahler V ( Abbado , Chicago Orchestra )and I'm enjoying it more then a bit , maybe first time ...
did it happen to you too , Mahler taking some time on your ears to be appreciated ?
The first time I heard Mahler, I hated it. Age 12, I had just started listening to classical music. It was the scherzo from the first symphony, on a Bruno Walter sampler LP (excerpt from the NYP recording). I couldn't figure out why the music seemed so urgent, so close to being ecstatic... over such a simple dance tune. But that sense of ecstasy made me curious, and so I came back to the movement over the next few weeks and kept listening to it, trying to figure out why it was so ecstatic. Soon, it had me hooked like a drug. I begged my mom to take me to the record store. She did, and there I found Bruno Walter's Columbia Symphony recording on LP. Again, listening to it at first, I was confused and overwhelmed, but that sense of ecstasy began to weave its spell. In the end, the piece ended up being my gateway into growing up, and to this day retains a vivid potency for me (at least when well conducted). Before that piece, I never knew how life-changing music could be.