||GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 6 - Simone Young (Conductor) -
Philharmoniker Hamburg - 4260034864139 - Released: September 2012 - Oehms Classics OC413|
Ever since Gustav Mahler himself "apparently" decided to switch the order of the two inner movements - Andante and Scherzo - just prior to publication,
a strong debate has raged on as to which should be the right and logical order. An interesting article on the subject can be found here.
I myself have always been part of the clan that believes the Scherzo should come first, and the Andante should precede the final Allegro. Not only does this sequence seem
to be more musically logical, it also makes more sense at the conceptual level. To me, the bizarre "thump" that opens the Finale represents that bump in the night
that awakens one from a beautiful dream. It's like a tap on the shoulder that shakes you out of a daydream and reminds you it's time to face the grim realities of life. And
the Andante movement "is" that beautiful dream.