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 […]

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 […]