The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 this evening and Saturday night (I’ll be there on Saturday). Just by chance, I happen to have a few cool Mahler links that I’ve saved up for a rainy day.
Check out this time lapse of the stage being set for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand” at Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.
A remarkably informative webcomic that helps you diagnose which Mahler symphony you may have heard.
An oldie, but a goodie – Mahler figures prominently in Joel Stein’s advice on how to be a classical snob.
Here is the “Mahler hammer” mentioned in the article – we’ll have to wait until the RPO gets to Mahler’s Sixth Symphony to see that one in person:
For more informative commentary on Mahler 4, read “The Mahler Puzzle” over on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Arts Community blog.
And from PBS, a great program from the Keeping Score series -- “Mahler: Origins” featuring insights from SF Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
The RPO has already played Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 this season (sadly, before I moved here!), and we’ll hear No. 4 this weekend. The others will be showing up over the next few seasons, so keep watch for giant hammers, casts of thousands, and all the rest of the Mahlerian drama.