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  1. David Gregson
    November 5, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I too recall that amazing Mahler Fifth at Civic Theatre years and years ago. One of the great concerts I’ve heard in my lifetime. // To me, Ling has no feeling for Haydn at all. I did not like this performance, nor the recent one of the Haydn Symphony 102. When the concerto began, I was amazed at Kirshbaum’s faulty intonation. I thought maybe there had been some last-minute substitution. I could not see him clearly from the mezzanine. // I have nothing to add to your accurate account of the Mahler Fifth. The fact I was not thrilled by it is an entirely subjective reaction; I may have been hearing way too much well-played Mahler this year. 2012 began with the LA Phil’s Mahler project, and then I have picked up a few more Mahler performances along the way — including a Sixth at Carnegie Hall, the NY Phil under Gilbert. That said, I really do not tire of hearing these works performed live.

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  2. Welton Jones
    November 6, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    I was at that Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert too, thrilled by the amazing trumpet-plating of the legendary Adolph Herseth and by Solti’s command and understanding. Also, it was a prized memory of my late colleague at the SAN DIEGO UNION, Donald Dierks, who had heard the CSO frequently. Amazing how everything can come together sometimes and make a deathless memory for so many.

    As for Kirschbaum and the Haydn concerto, I can’t remember having ever heard less-interesting cello work by a professional player. As Jim Chute noted in the UT, it wasn’t until he played alone (the Bach sarabande he used for the unsolicited encore) that he sounded in tune.

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  3. Kraig Cavanaugh Kraig Cavanaugh
    November 15, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I believe the overall, better refinement of the performance was due to Ling managing to herd…I mean conduct the violin section , which he so rarely pays any attention.

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