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15.5.11

In Brief: Noted Also as Composer Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • Gustav Mahler died on May 18, 1911. The Gray Lady took notice of his passing with this headline: "Gustav Mahler Dies in Vienna / Conductor of New York Philharmonic Succumbs in His Native Land, as He Desired / NOTED ALSO AS COMPOSER." The obituary also notes, "For his symphonic works in general it may be said that he demands not only a huge apparatus, but needs the most extreme length in which to develop and prepare his ideas. His second symphony occupies two hours and forty minutes in delivery." Wow, Resurrection is a delicate process, after all, and should not be rushed. [New York Times]

  • We are listening to a lot of Mahler, of course -- Jens writes about the sixth symphony with Mariss Jansons. [Ionarts]

  • Anne Midgette offers a "field guide" to Mahler for your solemnizing this week. [Washington Post]

  • The National Symphony Orchestra contributed a fourth symphony with Dawn Upshaw last month. [Ionarts]

  • Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are doing it right. [San Jose Mercury News]

  • Jens also heard Bernard Haitink conduct the seventh symphony recently. [Ionarts]

  • The Musée d'Orsay has a Gustav Mahler exhibit, open through May 29. [Musée d'Orsay]

  • Jens also heard the seventh with Pierre Boulez earlier this year. All we get in Washington are the first and second this weekend (review forthcoming), a Das Lied von der Erde, and some choral excerpts. Where are our nos. 6, 7, and 9? [Ionarts]

  • It's not Mahler for your online listening, but there is Bach with Alexandre Tharaud and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Alain Planès playing Chopin on the pianoforte, Karita Mattila with the Rotterdam Philharmonic at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Tallis Scholars at the Collège des Bernardins, Jeremy Denk and John Adams with the London Symphony Orchestra. [France Musique]

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