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LSO Live Mahler Symphony No 1

The world premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 was in Budapest November 20, 1889. Today’s version was hammered out by the composer in a series of public performances that then included and little by little excluded certain movements, namely the removal of Blumine, a symphonic love poem for his one time lover Johanna.

Valery Gergiev, conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), brings us the new release LSO Live Mahler’s Symphony No.1. It is a sure bet to invest in any recorded performance by the LSO, yet Gergiev’s intensely accurate interpretation of Mahler’s work brought this celebrated symphony orchestra to one of its most memorable recorded performances in all its elegant history.

Gergiev directs as though he’s creating set pieces in a cinematic ballet – stunning visual lyrical genius, dark and luminous, always instinctual and attended with peril from this master Mahler interpreter. Gergiev brings out the Bohemian-Austrian from Mahler. He lets the work speak and steps out of the way for the true sounds of the composer to come through. From the pointed rest at the end of the first movement to the fervent energy of the fourth, Gergiev gives rise to Mahler’s perfectly woven phrases between instrumental sections: violins that tease the ear into believing they’re voices, bows that skip like children through the staccato and bells that give the energy of youth fighting off death’s hold.

The opening of the third movement is deeply rife with childlike angst and turmoil of death. Gergiev’s pacing takes us through the whirl of emotional strife and anxiety - solemnly and measured, never dragging at any moment. The funeral march, based on the children's song Bruner Martin (or more commonly known in the States as Frère Jacques) beckons the hypnotic forces of death. Toying with the musical compositions of Orchestral Lied, Symphony, and Symphonic Poem, Gergiev brings out the suffering Mahler went through pushing the boundaries of style.


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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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