<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peter:<BR><B>Luis (or anyone),<P>What puts me off Mahler a little is that everything is on such a huge scale - the only intimate music he wrote, of which I`m aware, is in his songs. I find it difficult to relate to composers who shy away from chamber music. Partly for this reason, I cannot stand Wagner.<P>Why did such a brilliant symphonist like Mahler contribute nothing of note in the field of the chamber work? </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B> To Peter </B><BR>Ironically, that's one of the aspects I’m most attracted to Mahler: to conceive each symphony as a challenge of discovering an entire world!! Indeed, Mahler music can be intimidating and surely is not a music you (anyone) can rapidly like or understand; but you have to give it some time! The first Mahler symphony I’ve listened was his 6th. BIG mistake!!!!, I was horrified!!! (by that time I was all the time listening Mozart, so imagine my reaction…) and still now I consider it way too chaotic. <BR>Chamber music by Mahler or a piano concerto???!!!! (I think Flowerboy mentioned the later) PLEASE NO!!!! That would be awful!!<P><B> To Flowerboy </B><BR>Oh my... Prepare yourself for the 2nd !!! (The best, the best, the best!!!!!) Perhaps you could buy an iron baton and surely you will need some body protection when you’ll conduct it
. Buy his 5th right now! Go Flowerboy, GO!!!