Classical music best bet: Gustav Mahler

Orchestras everywhere are commemorating two anniversaries that span the season -- the 150th of Gustav Mahler's birth in 1860 and the centennial of his death in 1911. This fall, the Baltimore Symphony will devote several programs to the brilliant, soul-stirring Austrian composer. One of the most intriguing will be on Nov. 4, when BSO music director Marin Alsop conducts the first movement from the composer's unfinished Symphony No. 10, along with one of Mahler's controversial re-orchestrations of a Beethoven work. For good measure, rarely heard songs by Mahler's wife, Alma, will be on the program. Another rarity rounds out this imaginative program -- a realization of the first movement of Beethoven's unfinished Tenth Symphony, which English musicologist Barry Cooper pieced together from fragments in the 1980s. --Tim Smith Event info: Unfinished Symphonies at the BSO
Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
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