Sunday, December 7, 2008

Magnificent obsession

In The New York Times, Matthew Gurewitsch profiles Gilbert Kaplan, the financial analyst-turned-musicologist who more than 40 years ago discovered Mahler's Second ("Resurrection") Symphony, "felt like a bolt of lightning had gone through me," and subsequently has made a career of conducting Mahler 2 and nothing but Mahler 2:

Norman Lebrecht's take on Kaplan, plus a review of the conductor's centenary performance of the Mahler Second with the New York Philharmonic: