The weirdest Mahler 2nd ever…

The weirdest Mahler 2nd ever…


norman lebrecht

October 16, 2021

It’s played on the ondes martenot.

Do not retune your ears.

The opening sounds like Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.




  • Richard Chambers says:

    How bloody ridiculous.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    I before E except after C.

  • leo grinhauz says:

    Nah. You’re weird and square. Great musical ideas transcend the instruments for which they were originally intended. From JS Bach to Astor Piazzolla, melody, harmony and rhythm flow equally throughout the universe. The only things that should be kept in check is quality. This Mahler segment is beautiful. Those who cannot recognize nature’s beauty are missing out on life.

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Love it. It’s a tragedy that the Ondes Martenot is not included in more works.

  • William Evans says:

    Call ME wierd if you like but I really enjoyed that! It’s played by a gentleman called Peter Moller [excuse the lack of the correct SCandinavian O] (see the clip on YouTube), who’s playing a modern Japanese ondes, the ‘Ondomo’.

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Somehow reminds me – in spirit, at least – of the filthy jazz band reinterpretation of the ballet from the “Aida” “triumphal scene” used in the erotic dream sequence of Ed Wood’s “Glen or Glenda?”. Bruckner on theremin might be more appropriate.

    I think I have to stop at a rendition of “Petrouchka” for duelling accordions issued by EMI a few years back (although I do love Larry Coryell’s 12-string solo guitar “Sacre”).

    Oh – and just whose recording of “Hallelujah” have you been listening to?

  • Rich C. says:

    WOW, beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

  • J Barcelo says:

    Of course it’s from the 5th movement, not the 4th like the caption on the video says. And yes, it was hauntingly beautiful.

  • Frank Flambeau says:

    I enjoyed it and nothing at all like Leonard Cohen.

  • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

    Totaler Blödsinn! Wieso? Warum? Weshalb? Wozu? Will man glauben, das runde Rad wieder neu entdeckt zu haben? Kaum!

  • Ich bin Ereignis says:

    For those who enjoy Ondes Martenot, Messiaen wrote an Ondes Martenot Sextet — Fête des Belles Eaux: