Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 9, a meditation after a drama

  I hope readers don’t mind me framing my thoughts about Mahler 9 in terms of conducting. It seems to make sense if for no other reason than the fact that Mahler 9 is at or near the top of many, probably most, conductors’ lists of works they want to conduct before they die. I […]

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Expert’s perspective- Mahler 9, a bitter burlesque

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester In American football, coaches learn that when a play is working for you, go keep going to it until the other team figures out a way to stop it. In this spirit, I’ve asked Peter Davison, whose previous contributions to this series ahve been so valuable and complimentary, for […]

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Expert’s Perspective- Mahler 8, What is “the Eternal Feminine?”

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Before and after the Mahler in Manchester performance of Mahler 8 last week, there has been a lot of discussion about what Mahler meant in this work by “the Eternal Feminine” and what, if anything, we should take as listeners from his dedication of the piece to his wife, […]

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Trumpeter’s Perspective- Mahler 5 a solo with Schartz

Today we hear about the opening trumpet solo of Mahler 5 from the principal trumpeter of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philippe Schartz. A former member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and a regular collaborator with Claudio Abbado, his most recent CD, “Trumpet Renaissance” on Chandos includes concertos by Artunian, […]

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Trumpeter’s Perspective- Mahler 5, a solo with Smock

For the next few days, interested listeners can hear the Radio 3 Broadcast of Mark Elder’s performance of Mahler 5 with the Halle as part of the Mahler in Manchester festival. Of course, Mahler 5 begins with one of the most difficult trumpet solos in the repertoire- it places quite unique musical and psychic demands […]

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Listener’s Perspective- Mahler 8, just the facts

Hi everyone As you know, Sunday night was Mahler 8 night in Manchester. I don’t do reviews, but I can tell readers a little about the concert, if you are content with just the facts…. Who was playing in the orchestra? The combined forces of the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé. The orchestra was pretty evenly […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 7, a degree of difficulty

Ken’s first summer at Colorado MahlerFest is just around the corner, and so it seems time to add to the Mahler- A Performer’s Perspective library here at Vftp. This year’s festival centers on Mahler’s 7th Symphony with performances on the 21st and 22nd of May. Festival details and booking information are here.   In the […]

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Another Perspective- Peter Davison on the Adagietto.

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester Hi everyone- I have a crazy turnaround between gigs this week and I need to write something about Shostakovich 7 while the experience is still fresh, so we’re callin’ in the reserves. I mentioned to Peter Davison the other day that I wanted to follow up on this piece […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 5, two changes

The Bridgewater Hall- Mahler in Manchester The Halle and their music director, Sir Mark Elder, will be performing Mahler’s Symphony no. 5 on Thursday, the 4th of March at 7:30 PM in the Bridgewater Hall. Also on the programme is the premiere of Uri Caine’s Scenes from Childhood“ How many scores of Mahler 5 do […]

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Performer’s Perspective- Mahler 5, a tempo

    The Scherzo is a damnable movement. It will have a long history of suffering! Conductors will take it too fast for fifty years, and audiences—Oh heavens—what sort of faces will they pull at this chaos…..” (Gustav Mahler, speaking of his 5th Symphony before the 1904 premiere. ) This quote of Mahler’s often appears […]

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