Interpreting Mahler — the beginning of the Fourth Symphony

The first page of the manuscript of Mahler's Fourth Symphony

The first page of the manuscript of Mahler's Fourth Symphony

A friend asked me to comment on the first few bars of a recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony recently. When I listened to it and looked at the several versions of the score I realized that, while Mahler was quite specific in his notation, many orchestras and conductors have responded very differently to his requests. (more…)

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