Saturday, November 20, 2010

Oregon Symphony and Mahler's Symphony #10

Yes, I know Mahler didn't complete it. Kalmar chose the Cooke version. What I also know is that Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra played this piece so well that the all of the people in the row that I sat in were on the edge of their seats. We heard the music and felt Mahler's emotion. Why Alma, why? That's a question for the ages. The answer for Portlanders is to attend Sunday and Monday's performance of this extraordinary work by Gustave Mahler. Carlos Kalmar and all of the members of the orchestra are at their finest, especially the viola section that opened the work and were focal points throughout the 72 minutes that seemed like 45.

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