By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk -
Gustav Maher insisted that, to him, to compose a symphony was to compose “a world.”
If so, it’s a world on paper, on the drawing board, that still must be brought into being. And in the case of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, it’s created, not in seven days, but in 75 minutes.
That’s a pretty big hill to climb. Music Director Marcelo Lehninger and the Grand Rapids Symphony were up to the challenge with a sensational performance of Mahle...