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December 28, 2011



If the humongous Eighth is not counted, then there are obviously nine OTHER symphonies composed by Mahler, but the total is definitely TEN and they are ALL scheduled to be performed here during the next four weeks with Gustavo Dudamel.
Some people may say ELEVEN because they consider Das Lied von der Erde to be a symphony too, but Mahler did not name it so and we won't argue with him.

Bob Thomas

While not necessarily disagreeing with your counting 10 Mahler symphonies, I found it interesting that a promo postcard from the Phil on "The Mahler Project" that I received yesterday had the subhead "Nine Symphonies." On the other hand, the postcard didn't list Mahler's 8th at the Shrine, so perhaps that's the reasoning behind "Nine" as opposed to "10".

Dennis Bade

Two additional "corrections," Bob. The final performance (of Mahler's Symphony No. 9) in the series will actually be on Sunday, Feb 5, the afternoon following the Symphony No. 8. Also worth noting is the presence of baritone Thomas Hampson, who will sing the Songs of a Wayfarer on the first weekend's program.

See you there!


Actually, in addition to Mahler's Eighth with the SBSOV at the Shrine, the LA Phil is also performing not four but FIVE of the symphonies as part of the Mahler Project at the WDCH: 1, 4, 6, 9, 10. The Tenth will include the Adagio only because that's the only movement that was completed by Mahler, but still it is a nearly half-hour-long piece that should not be ignored and should certainly be counted.

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