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Published on Dec 14, 2008
Gustav Mahler Leonard Bernstein Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
"I believe it to be not only his last but also his greatest achievement" (Otto Klemperer)
"Once again I have played through the first movement of Mahler's ninth symphony. The first movement is the most heavenly thing Mahler ever wrote. It is the expression of an exceptional fondness for this earth, the longing to live in peace on it, and to enjoy nature to its depths—before death comes" (Alban Berg)
"The Resignation might well have been used as the title of the ninth symphony. The first movement grew to be a tragically moving and noble paraphrase of the farewell feeling. A unique soaring between farewell sadness and a vision of heavenly light" (Bruno Walter)
"A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything" (Gustav Mahler)