Music For The Day

More Brahms, and more Maurizio Pollini at the keyboard. Stick with it, there are rewards to be had. An older recording today, this time of Brahms’ somewhat underrated Second Piano Concerto.


Featuring the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado.

There is some truly fine Brahms playing going on here. Very fine indeed.

Mahler’s Ninth Turns 100

Mahler’s Ninth Symphony was premiered on this day 100 years ago, and to celebrate, Gramophone Magazine has reviewed some of the finest recordings available.

I must confess – and I am sure this will forever mark me out as a classical music heretic, if the Glenn Gould appreciation hadn’t already done the job – that I am not a big Mahler fan. I have grown to like his first symphony a lot, especially the Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic recording, but as a symphonist, in general, Mahler doesn’t do much for me. I feel that there is a lot of overwrought, introspective symphony-ing for the sake of it, especially in the ones where he felt it necessary to draft in vocal soloists and a massed chorus. Having said that, I’m sure I’m wrong.

However, I did listen to the various extracts selected by Gramophone, and enjoyed this one, conducted by Claudio Abbado:


So happy birthday, Mahler’s Ninth! I’m going to go listen to some Shostakovich now.