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 morning’s(…)

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 has(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

This entry is part 9 of 17 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 the(…)

Consumer Reports

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Con­sumer Reports

This entry is part 6 of 17 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 his(…)

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 No.(…)

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 Philharmoniker(…)

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, Igor(…)

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(…)