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Discussion: Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - Piano Duo Trenkner-Speidel

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Post by krisjan June 5, 2013 (1 of 13)
Perhaps I'm just being cranky but is anyone out there really interested in this release? Two Mahler symphonies reduced to piano four hands??? Really??? The only thing worse would be piano two hands (or maybe piccolo). IMO, a waste of plastic. Perhaps the one person who buys this will be brave enough to publish a review here.

Post by Polly Nomial June 5, 2013 (2 of 13)
As a public service, that is my intention!!!

Post by Claude June 5, 2013 (3 of 13)
Finally a Karaoke version of Symphony 2 !

Post by Ubertrout June 6, 2013 (4 of 13)
Before recordings, most people heard symphonies and other orchestral works not via recordings but via these reductions. There's admittedly less point to them now, but it's still a fascinating window into the past of music.

Also, there's already Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (trans. piano) - Prague Piano Duo out there, and people seem to like it.

That said, I'm like the other commenters in that I'm not so interested.

Post by krisjan June 16, 2013 (5 of 13)
PN - thanks for the review. You reinforced my suppositions about this. Thanks for taking a bullet for the team!

Post by Polly Nomial June 16, 2013 (6 of 13)
No problems! I just wish these pianists had been given, say, Schubert instead. There's no end of magical piano duo music relatively unknown, no end of Mahler done "properly" in interpretations to suit pretty much any taste; so really, why? Why?!

Post by rammiepie June 16, 2013 (7 of 13)
Polly Nomial said:

No problems! I just wish these pianists had been given, say, Schubert instead. There's no end of magical piano duo music relatively unknown, no end of Mahler done "properly" in interpretations to suit pretty much any taste; so really, why? Why?!

We have Wagner lite (for non~opera buffs) and now we can add Mahler lite to the musical equation.

Was it King Joseph II of Austria who accused Mozart of using "too many musical notes" for one of the composer's Operas?

Polly, chalk up this release as the equivalent of "cliff notes" for the "uninitiated!"

Post by Euell Neverno June 16, 2013 (8 of 13)
Some orchestral compositions lend themselves quite well to piano reductions as exemplified by the piano duet versions of Dvorak's Ninth together with Smetana's Die Moldau performed by the Prague Piano Duo on Praga. Others just don't translate so well, such as the Wagner piano arrangements performed by von Eckardstein on a recent MDG recording. The Mahler symphonic reductions I suspect fall in with the Wagner.

Post by hiredfox June 17, 2013 (9 of 13)
Mahler it seems could not keep his hands off the ladies, hence the cunning plot to write a version for cuddling up.

Post by Polly Nomial June 17, 2013 (10 of 13)
Euell Neverno said:

Others just don't translate so well, such as the Wagner piano arrangements performed by von Eckardstein on a recent MDG recording.

I have to disagree; the Wagner transcriptions are of a wholly different class of piano wizardry and make the work of Walter sound most prosaic.

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