The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I don’t know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it.
-discussing the end of Symphony 2
note : for reference (for those of you who don’t know mahler): pretty sure he meant from about 4:00-7:01 of this clip. that last cadence is so intense and built up you think Bernstein is going to self-destruct on the podium. one of the most intense moments in all of Mahler…you should probably check it out