• Rotterdam,  Music

    Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony during Lockdown

    On 14 May, 2020, a concert  by the Rotterdam Philharmonic commemorating 80 years since the bombing of the city of Rotterdam was to have taken place. We were to have performed  Mahler’s Second Symphony under the direction of our chief conductor Lahav Shani for this occasion. Much to my regret the concert didn’t take place due to the lockdown put in place to deal with the coronavirus outbreak . Instead of the planned performance the orchestra website presented an earlier performance of the same symphony under the direction of Bernard Haitink. What an exciting performance that was!  Vivid memories of that concert commemorating the same event thirty years ago came flooding back.…