In Sunday’s (8/16) Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mark Kanny writes, “Gustav Mahler was one of the great conductors of his time, holding top positions in Vienna and New York City for more than a decade before his death in 1911. But his compositions were widely scorned in his own lifetime and for the half-century thereafter. He said, famously, ‘My time will yet come.’ Many composers have felt that way, but for Mahler, it became true. … Now, the New York Philharmonic is releasing a new set of Mahler’s symphonies led by Lorin Maazel, who stepped down as music director in June. Available by download only from the orchestra at, it is actually the philharmonic’s first complete set of Mahler symphonies led by a single conductor. Bernstein never recorded the Eighth Symphony with the philharmonic, although I heard them perform it together in 1965. Bernstein’s recordings of the Eighth are with the London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic. … The release of Maazel’s Mahler will be complete by the end of August.”

Photo of Lorin Maazel with the New York Philharmonic courtesy of the New York Philharmonic Archives

Posted August 17, 2009