Mahler himself called him "tragic." It is one of those symphonies in which the orchestra alone expresses, as Schoenberg called it, the "sublime in resignation." The Sixth Symphony is a masterpiece of tragic beauty. The score is built like the combat of a life, with furious struggles and peaceful respites, until the final resignation.
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
The "Sistema's" orchestra rehearses Mahler's 1st Symphony, "Titan"