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Concert review: Fresh twist to Mahler with chamber version

Published on Mar 31, 2014 4:39 PM
 
Picture of Chinese conductor Yu Long. Just three days before, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra had performed Arnold Schoenberg's grandiloquent transcription of Brahms' First Piano Quartet for large orchestra under the baton of Chinese conductor Yu Long. -- FILE PHOTO: THE ESPLANADE

Just three days before, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra had performed Arnold Schoenberg's grandiloquent transcription of Brahms' First Piano Quartet for large orchestra under the baton of Chinese conductor Yu Long.

On Sunday, the reverse arrangement took place with Erwin Stein's chamber version of Mahler's Fourth Symphony by the same forces.

The inspiration was again Schoenberg's, under the aegis of his Society for Private Musical Performances in Vienna which ran subscription concerts of new music for select members of the establishment.

Stein was Schoenberg's student and his 1921 arrangement was to shrink the orchestra to its bare bones without losing the spirit of the original.

 
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