The first performance of the Symphonische Dichtung in Zwei Abtheilungen (Symphonic Poem in Two Parts), later his First Symphony, was conducted by Mahler in Budapest on 20 November 1889. It got a cool if not hostile reception, mainly because of the ‘bizarre, vulgar and cacophonic extravaganza’s’ of the last two movements. At least this was how it was felt, with the public and the critics in bewilderment especially after the finale’s unsurpassed ferocity.
The version which is used on this recording is the 1893-restored version. It comprises two parts and five movements.      
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Mahler, Gustav Symphony no. 1 (Hamburg 1893 version)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra - Jan Willem de Vriend

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