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Featured Musician: A Maazel Celebration

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The discs under consideration here.

Jeremy Lee writes

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Fischer’s Mahler 5: Lyrical or Languid?

Jeremy Lee writes

Heaven knows how many Mahler 5ths there are on disc, but of those I’ve heard so far, and despite some stylistic and tonal differences between performances, most are geared towards a fundamentally extrovert approach:  high on excitement, high on intensity, high on power, or high on angst.  Fischer’s Mahler 5th does not take such an approach, but is it a good thing? Continue reading


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Concert Review: Dudamel’s Mahler Sixth

Jeremy Lee writes

For his Asian debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel has chosen a rather striking programme for the first stop of his tour, Hong Kong:  Mahler’s 6th on March 19, and John Adams’ City Noir and Dvorak’s 9th on the 20th.  As a Mahler nut, I went to the first concert, and was greeted with a performance that was Continue reading


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Kleiber’s Das Lied: Once and Never Again

Jeremy Lee writes

Pirate issues of Carlos Kleiber’s one and only performance of a Mahler work–Das Lied von der Erde with the Wiener Symphoniker–have been circulating amongst cognoscenti and Kleiber fans, and on my first listening of this performance on Youtube a few years ago I was quite put off by Continue reading