Leonard Marcus in Lenox, Massachusetts - 20 September, 1987

from Letter from Leonard Marcus to Leonard Bernstein, 20 Sept 1987, page 558:

Dear Lenny Merely a line to tell you that 1) you nearly caused me to have an accident and 2) I heard a performance of Mahler Second that was more overwhelming that anything I remembered even you ever having done - and that goes back to my unforgettable first encounter with the work, singing it as a teenager under you at Tanglewood. Earlier today I drove down to NYC from Lenox. When I got close enough to catch a City station worth fielding, the radio was in the middle of the Mahler. Almost immediately, even with the lo fi of the car radio, I realized I was surrounded by an extraordinary …   more >>
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Leonard Marcus, Letter from Leonard Marcus to Leonard Bernstein, 20 Sept 1987. In Nigel Simeone (ed.), The Letters of Leonard Bernstein (City of New Haven, 2013), p. 558. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1388489206819 accessed: 1 March, 2024

location of experience: Lenox, Massachusetts


Listening to

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Symphony no 2
written by Gustav Mahler
performed by New York Philharmonic

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 September, 1987
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


The listening experience took place in a car on a journey from Lenox MA to New York City. Leonard Marcus, a Harvard music graduate (like Bernstein), was appointed editor-in-chief of High Fidelity and Musical America, a post he held from 1968 to 1980. He later worked at Columbia Records and as editor of Carnegia Hall’s programmes.

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:26:46 +0000