SA's new spin doctors

2008-09-29 00:00

Some years ago I was driving to Pretoria from Johannesburg, listening to Classic FM and I heard the most astonishing rendition of the Mahler Sixth Symphony being played. So amazing was it, and so impressed was I by it that I phoned the station to ask who was conducting. I was told it was one Benjamin Zander. Since then I have bought all his recordings of the Mahler Symphonies and I have found that I was as entranced by all of them, except one — the ninth — as I had been on that very first hearing of the sixth.

But I put my feelings of unease aside with the view that, very possibly, I was just being prejudiced, or mean-minded. So, I got up bright and early to have breakfast with the great Zander. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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