performed by the Basel Symphony Orchestra under Marko Lentoja
So this is (perhaps thankfully) where our saga of the Beethoven quote ends. It's been with us for around a month now, and it's time we close that chapter. Mahler 3 was enormous, and I find the potential association with Rott to be moving and beautiful and inspiring.
That's not to say, though, that there isn't some definitive association between these two composers. Weingartner was, after all the first person (or at least one of the first) to perform Mahler's enormous third symphony, albeit only selected movements, (second, third, and sixth) and he quite admired it, even complimenting his work (in so many words) as greater than that of Strauss.
In some ways, I'd think he should know. Weingartner was a celebrated conductor and interpreter of some of the most classical works in the repertoire. What perhaps isn't as well known is that he was also a composer. I can't speak with any authority to the quality of his other recordings, but as I was looking around, his name came up, and his first symphony was instantly pleasant.
As mentioned in our last post, this similarity between the two men as being conductors/composers makes for an interesting perspective, and there aren't many double threats like that in music history. Carl Nielsen memorably was sitting in the second violins for the premiere of his first symphony, which somehow endears him to me. I would imagine most conductors should be capable of performing their own works, but Weingartner and Mahler are two who are really known for their conducting, and until recently (with Mahler) perhaps more so for their conducting than their compositions. That all being said, I was curious to explore Weingartner's works, as much