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Archive for November 6, 2014

How Close is Mahler to Today’s New York Phil?

Composer and conductor Gustav Mahler

In its 172 years, the New York Philharmonic has been the locus for many great moments in American music. Gustav Mahler’s tenure as music director of that orchestra (1909-1911) ranks high on the list for many music lovers. Of course, New Yorkers felt lucky to get him, because he was one of the most celebrated conductors of his time. They weren’t so sure about his symphonies.

It would be decades before