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 10 of 18 in the series Con­sumer Reports

This entry is part 10 of 18 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 7 of 18 in the series Con­sumer Reports

This entry is part 7 of 18 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(…)