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.


  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.


  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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