Mahler versus Mahler
Two symphony orchestras are playing Mahler in Rome,
by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Gustav Mahler was born in 1860 in Bohemia and died in 1911 in Vienna. Thus, during these months, there are two almost parallel anniversaries: 150 years from his birth and 100 from his death. In Rome, two major orchestras have programmed all Mahler's symphonies (and also other music of his) over two 'seasons': namely, from late Spring 2010 until Autumn 2011. I think the Italian capital is the only city where a Mahler fan, like this reporter, can enjoy and compare the composer's nearly full production as played by two quite different orchestras in a span of relatively few months. These two parallel cycles are the evidence that Mahler himself was very right when he reacted to the lack of attention by musicians and reviewers by saying 'Miene Zeit wird kommen' ('My time will come')...
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