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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Schumann orchestration and Mozart tempi….

I voiced concerns here on Wednesday about cycles in general, and mentioned that it felt like the first manifestations of cycle-phobia were appearing in this rehearsal sequence. I needn’t have worried- Bobby (Bobby Schumann) has seen us through. The 2nd Symphony has proved to be an irresistible force. All 4 of the Schumann symphonies are […]

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