Egon Wellesz – Eye-witness to Gustav Mahler

What was the musical scene like in Vienna when Mahler was conductor of the opera?  What was Mahler’s conducting style like? Were Mahler’s later compositions influenced by the younger generation of serial composers?  Which conductor comes closest to Mahler’s own conducting style? The well-known, eloquent, and brilliant British Musicologist Deryck Cooke interviewed Egon Wellesz, the […]

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Des Knaben Wunderhorn

The Colorado MahlerFest is performing Mahler’s Fourth Symphony this weekend, May 17th and May 19th.  In light of that concert, we felt you would find the following of interest. Most fans of Mahler’s music know that his first four symphonies are referred to as his Wunderhorn Symphonies, since the symphonies contain musical material from Mahler’s […]

MahlerFest XXVI, May 13-19: Symphony #4 and Julie Simson’s Farewell

MahlerFest XXVI is here.  It is a bittersweet milestone.  After a year’s work and preparation, we’re always very excited about our festival, with symposium, dinners, and concerts.  But this year we celebrate the truly amazing contributions of a gifted performer and teacher as we bid farewell to soloist, supporter, and friend, mezzo-soprano Julie Simson. The MahlerFest […]

Remembering Adolph “Bud” Herseth

Bud Herseth, the longtime principal trumpet for the Chicago Symphony passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at age 91. Bud Herseth was hands-down recognized as the greatest orchestral trumpet player of his generation.  He is from the same mold as Harry Glantz, principal trumpet for the New York Philharmonic and NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini […]

Beethoven 9th featuring MahlerFest soloists.

At a “CU Presents” concert on May 1st at 7:30, MahlerFest soloist Julie Simson and Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson will be performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125.  Also on the program is the Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80.  Details at http://www.cupresents.org/events/beethovens-ninth-symphony

To Tenth, or Not To Tenth, that is the question…

There’s a tempest raging over at Norman Lebrecht’s “house”.  The classical music uber-blogger, and all-around maven, attended a performance of the Deryck Cooke “performing version” of Mahler’s 10th Symphony in Liverpool, conducted by Vasily Patrenko last night (March 22).  As far as Lebrecht is concerned “It is one of the biggest interpretive challenges in the […]