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Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / Re: CSO on strike
« Last post by barryguerrero on March 31, 2019, 11:49:41 PM »
Sometimes these things take quite a while to work out. It's the arts, I know, but it's also a biz.
Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / CSO on strike
« Last post by Roland Flessner on March 30, 2019, 05:59:48 PM »
The CSO has been on strike for a couple weeks, items of contention being salary and the management's wish to switch from a defined benefit (pension) retirement plan to a defined contribution (401K-style) plan. The sides are far apart and a prompt resolution seems unlikely. Maestro Muti is supporting the musicians and joined them on the picket line.

In the meantime, the musicians are giving free concerts, mostly chamber music, at several alternative venues.
Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / Re: R.I.P Michael Gielen
« Last post by Roland Flessner on March 30, 2019, 05:51:23 PM »
I was privileged to hear two Gielen-led concerts here in Chicago, one featuring M6 and the other, Schoenberg's "Pelleas und Melisande." Both were excellent. His M6 recording, despite slight problems with SQ, is among my favorites.
Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / H. Haenchen M1/M8 set on ICA (?)
« Last post by barryguerrero on March 29, 2019, 02:43:54 PM »
Any input welcome on the Haenchen M8, in particular. Thanks.
Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / Adam Fischer/Dusseldorf "DLvdE"
« Last post by barryguerrero on March 29, 2019, 01:52:57 AM »
The Adam Fischer "Das Lied von der Erde" is now up at Spotify. I think you can buy the downloads now as well. I don't want to bias anybody, nor get their hopes up too high, but I think it's really good. Maybe even excellent. His conducting of it is fabulous - perhaps even better than the singing, which I thought was surprisingly good. This is turning into a really good series - the 8th is supposed to come out in the fall.
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Here's the critic from the Chicago Tribune also mentioning it's alleged live source. I still don't believe it.
I think you sent me a radio performance some years ago. It's valid, but my usual gripes remain. I like the Mazzetti version with Slatkin. But while my memory is error-prone; I don't think what I heard live really translated onto disc. Supposedly, it was recorded live; and there were mics set up; but maybe that was scrapped. (One instance where they needed an obvious patch was during the last movement when an ambulance roared down Grand en route to nearby Saint Louis University Hospital.) But there would've been enough to still salvage, unless there were other reasons.

My connection to that performance stands out for one other reason, too: due to some circumstance, my seats were messed up, and an usher instead invited me to sit at the front of the balcony. So the loudest parts were set to an 11, and I loved it. But even the radio broadcast seemed to have more power than what I think is sort of opaque on CD. I love that hall and orchestra, but sometimes engineers don't capture what I think is best like on other recordings of theirs. The recent John Adams discs have received a lot of acclaim, but they don't represent what I think that hall sounds like. It's just an orchestra in a box to me. Yet, I was there.
As I've said before, as great as the M9 is, I wish Mahler had left us just the first movement of M9 and fully completed the 10th instead. How do feel about Samale/Mazzuca? I seem to be among the very who find that version quite satisfying.
I think the chamber orchestra approach helps the dance-like parts of the work. The first movement was superb, despite the smaller forces. The inner movements worked well, but there were stretches where I thought, "This really doesn't sound like Mahler." For me, the let down was the last movement.

A college professor I knew said years ago that his problem with the M10 was that Mahler evokes sentimentality frequently, but he was generally NOT sentimental...except in his Tenth. This performance sort of plays into that. And the ending measures were sappy beyond my comfort zone.

I have a love hate thing for the Tenth. I think there are parts of this one that make me think a chamber orchestra approach is the way to go. Bernstein said words to the extent that conducting Mahler was easy because he was so precise in his scores. It just feels like there's not enough direction from the composer in the Tenth; so I alternate between wanting simplicity and some Stokowski type who could come in and impose his will on the score. There are some good ideas with this version, but it's not ideal.  Definitely worth a listen though.
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