Magazine article Gramophone

Schoenberg and Van Kempen Conduct Mahler

Magazine article Gramophone

Schoenberg and Van Kempen Conduct Mahler

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Pristine Audio has just released the only known example of Arnold Schoenberg conducting music other than his own, the second movement of Mahler's Second Symphony--a 1934 concert performance with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra that vies with Walter's or Mengelberg's Mahler for flexibility and affection. Even within the first minute and a half the music is broadening markedly (speeds vary to great expressive effect throughout the performance), and with sundry portamentos, delicate pointing from the strings, a wide roster of dynamics and a palpable sense of anticipation on virtually every page you're treated to some of the most expressive Mahler interpretation ever to have been captured on disc. I should, I suppose, add that your imagination will need to filter what is basically pretty ropey sound (with grating surface noise to match) though Andrew Rose has done his level best with the source material. Also there is a small chunk of music missing though I was grateful Rose didn't attempt to fill it with the relevant passage from another recording. …

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