Episode synopsis

(5/10) Mahler and his Circle: We’re back for a second series of abject commentary and lovely music. In my final episode, we explore Mahler and the people around him, playing music from his own catalogue as well as that of his friends, acquaintances and colleagues.

Series synopsis

I, Isaac, wanted an excuse (as a proud Northerner) to drink ginger-infused tea by becoming a member of the upper-middle class. Keoni (a pensioner) wants to feel young again by utilising the vast array of “youf’” words he’s learned at university to abuse me from the sidelines every time I make a mistake. Together, we will undoubtedly make a bedtime show with the singular potential to lull anyone to sleep – but only when we’re talking… (Oh, and David’s here, too.)


Mahler: Symphony No 4 – IV. Sehr behaglichYvonne Kenny, Gustav Mahler21:02
Mahler: Das klagende Lied – VI. Ach Sielmann, lieber Spielmann mein! – VII. Auf springt der König von seinem ThronNorma Procter, Werner Hollweg, Netherlands Radio Choir, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink21:12
Mahler: Symphony No 1 – II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnellChicago Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink21:16
Mahler: Symphony No 3 – V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im AusdruckPetra Lang, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly21:26
Bach: Suite for Organ, Harpsichord & Orchestra – II. Rondeau & Badinerie (transc. Mahler)Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen21:31
AlmaTom Lehrer21:36
Mahler Werfel: 5 Gesänge – No 2. Ekstase & No 5. Hymne an die NachtChristian Elsner, Ruth Ziesak, Cord Garben21:42
Zemlinsky: Symphony in B flat – II. Nicht zu schnell (Scherzando)BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins21:49
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde – I. Das Trinklied von Jammer der ErdeToby Spence, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin22:04
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op 42Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman22:13
Mahler: Symphony No 10 – III. PurgatorioWiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding22:25
Berg: Violin Concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” – II. Allegro – AdagioJosef Suk, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ančerl22:30
Mahler: Symphony No 5 – IV. AdagiettoWiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter22:47