Mahler Symphony 2 - Movement V

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In recording one, for the "Mahler Symphony 2 - Movement V", the conductor Claudio Abbado starts the movement with an adagio tempo and with a loud thunder like sound with the drums, cymbals and basses. Around 50 seconds, the piece gets softer and lighter sounding - almost like fairies flying around. Then, the piece gets smoother and more lullaby sounding. The piece ends with decrescendo and then fades away. As the next song beings, a clarinet starts off the piece with a soft, slow mellow duet with the trumpets. It is very soft and fanfare-like sounding. Then, the conductor raises the base, which creates a dark forest image. At two minutes, the woodwinds create a light feathery sound, and then at three minutes the trumpets paint a picture as if the sun was coming up from the horizon. There is a crescendo then a decrescendo at this point, and the tempo gets faster at 3:27.

Around 3:49 the piece slows down then fades away to the next section. Song three starts off with a tempo that is moderately slow. The instruments crescendo like there is gong to be a crisis going to happen. This part of the movement gets more and more intense and at 46 seconds, drums coming it and the tempo of the music speeds up to become more and more intense. At last, the song finishes off with a single drum beat. The fourth part of this movement starts off with the base which gives the song a very gloomy and funeral sounding feeling. As the movement progresses, more instruments are added and at 55 seconds, the organ crescendo and speeds up at 1:34 seconds with flute trills at 1:42. The flutes create a very triumphic sound with the cymbals accompanying it. At 2:44 the movement slows...