Delving into the New York Philharmonic’s Mahler 6 performances, via an app

Posted on: February 19, 2016

At the first performance of his Sixth Symphony in 1906, “Mahler decided at the last minute to reverse the second and third movements from how they appeared in the score,” writes John Bennett on Friday (2/12) at New York classical radio station WQXR. Dimitri Mitropoulos “led the 1947 U.S. premiere of the symphony with the New York Philharmonic…. A new technology … will soon allow listeners to compare and contrast … archival [Philharmonic] recordings, while following along to the score at the same time” via an app called Oiid. “This past Wednesday, the philharmonic used a special version of the app to showcase how four different conductors, over five decades, have interpreted Mahler’s Sixth. Taking advantage of the orchestra’s archives of more than 7,000 hours of recorded music, the app designers uploaded four different performances of the work: Mitropoulos conducting in 1955, [Leonard] Bernstein in 1967, [Lorin] Maazel in 2005 and [Alan] Gilbert in 2010, along with versions of the score…. The app will enable listeners ‘to bring together the paper with the audio,’ philharmonic archivist Barbara Haws said…. Haws said the process had left her eager to find funding to digitize the rest of the sound archives.”

Posted February 19, 2016

Pictured: Gustav Mahler with marked conducting scores from the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives