Mahler, Then And Now

Tonight I’m covering the second installment of the Argento Ensemble’s “Mahler in New York” series, which pairs contemporary composes with chamber arrangements of Mahler. Tonight the feature is the Schoenberg/Riehn reduction of Das Lied von der Erde, and I’m expecting big things after Argento’s tremendous playing of Symphony No. 9. During a break in this(…)

Mahler: The Movie

My friends at, who stream and record excellent classical music concerts, and now offering their first film: Holy shit, how could you not watch that? Russell’s version of Mahler’s life is, unsurprisingly, a bit deranged, but that’s why we love him, and love Mahler. Do check it out, and all the other great music medici(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series Consumer Reports

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series Consumer ReportsLooking out for your wallet, once again, so you don’t have to … You may have seen [this handsome box set of the Mahler symphonies]( on Amazon. Think long and hard about it, Mahlerians: Ozawa is underrated in this music and the sound of(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Consumer Reports

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Consumer ReportsLooking out for your dollars, so you don’t have to … Must Haves and New Releases * DG is releasing a new Claudio Abbado Mahler cycle. This one collects his live recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and completely supersedes(…)

PLAYLIST, Week 7, 2014

Ah, Vienna… Strauss, Salome Berg, Wozzeck Bruckner, Symphonies 4-9 Mahler, Symphony No. 4 Ultravox, Albums 1980-12

PLAYLIST Week 1, 2014

Great recordings of masterpieces from the romantic era. All highly recommended, especially the upcoming Harmonia Mundi releases: Otto Klemperer, Philarhamonia Orchestra, New Phlharmonia Orchestra: Gustav Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 9, Das Lied von der Erde Friedrich Gulda, Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov, Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70(…)

Video of the Week

Playlist, Research Edition

Something on my mind that has come from listening to these, and listening to these has put something in my mind. That and my endless, sub rosa obsession with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 7: Bruckner: Symphonies 4 − 9, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, Otto Klemperer, Wiener(…)

The Dude Ambles By

John Adams, *City Noir,* Gustavo Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustav Mahler, *Symphony No. 9,* Gustavo Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Avery Fisher Hall: March 27, 2013; John Adams, The Gostpel According to the Other Mary March 28, 2013; Claude Vivier, Zipangu, Claude Debussy, La Mer,(…)

Links and Kinks

The miscellany of the intertubes … my post on Mahler brought up a ping-back that led me to this good article on Mahler’s orchestration … quite often, the web is like high school, full of people who’s experience and thinking are limited, and since they can’t see beyond the walls of their own enclosure, they(…)