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dvd – Mahler


MAHLER Symphony No. 1 (53:14) This video follows the inspirational themes and expressions of Mahler’s 1st Symphony, beginning with fanfares piercing the early morning mists (views over Windermere), then happy serenity in “eternal spring” with images from various Lakeland areas. Free of narration, the symphony continues with a wonderful variety of moods and atmospheres, from heartfelt anguish to exquisite calmness, and dramatic intensity. Images on the video are carefully chosen to complement these emotions, and are chiefly of the Lake District but areas of north Lancashire and Morecambe Bay are included. Events featured include Grasmere sports; leaping lambs, Bassenthwaite scarecrow festival; superb mist covered Borrowdale from Maiden Moor; winter floods and storm damage around Keswick; the Arnside bore; the cross Morecambe Bay walk from Arnside to Kents Bank; leaping salmon; a fell race and the awesome spectacle of thousands of starlings flying in swarms over Leighton Moss bird reserve.
BLUMINE (7:15) (the original 2nd movement of the 1st Symphony) This theme is one of springtime and flowers, which are blended with a scattering of lakeland views. Symphony No. 3, final movement (25:31) Here we see more general areas of Lakeland, with many landscape views from southern lakeland hills such as Scout Scar, and also featuring an accidental heather fire near Newlands, a climb up to Skiddaw summit, and numerous dramatic sunsets.