Financial Times
By David Murray
Music Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version), Edinburgh, 14 August 2002
THE ARTS: Cheap tickets kick-off
Usher Hall
The £5 concert I heard last Wednesday virtually sold out the Usher Hall, for something that seemed unpromisingly recherché but gripped everybody's attention: a performance of Mahler's huge Das Lied von der Erde in Schoenberg's chamber-reduction, conducted by Garry Walker with the (mere) 13-strong Festival Ensemble - and a genuinely exciting pair of soloists, rich-voiced young Alice Coote (unfailing rhythmic sense, even without the weighty support of Mahler's full band) and eager, chance-taking Jonas Kaufmann. Since we knew we weren't to get the full-blown Mahler sound, we could admire Schoenberg's trenchant, faithful delicacy even while longing to hear both soloists as soon as possible in the real thing.

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