Watch: Crash, bash, instrument smashes at climax of Mahler’s 8th

November 19, 2017 by norman lebrecht


Here’s what happened this week when the Danish Radio Symphony played Mahler’s 8th symphony with Fabio Luisi. The DR techs have helpfully offered a slow-mo replay to show how the cymbal shatters towards the end of the first movement.

Watch here.


Comments (11)

  1. Lee Hickenbottom says:

    That’s still the first movement of course, not the finale.

    1. Bruce says:

      To be fair, the headline only says “climax,” not “finale.” And knowing Mahler’s proclivities, it’s not likely he’s going to be have only one climax in an evening.

      Adolescent humor aside, it’s fortunate that the shard of cymbal didn’t fly high enough to hit anyone in the choir. Yikes!

  2. John Borstlap says:


  3. Cyril Blair says:

    Wow, good thing one of those shards didn’t put someone’s eye out.

  4. Jean says:

    I wonder which company made that cymbal? Some feedback on the instrument quality might be needed…

    1. Pianofortissimo says:

      Maybe they had played too much Stockhausen with those cymbals.

      1. Graeme Hall says:

        You win the prize for today’s most idiotic comment.

        1. Pianofortissimo says:

          Thank you! 🙂

        2. PGynt says:

          … and there’s a special award for you, Mr Hall, for the day’s rudest, most gratuitous comment.

          1. Graeme Hall says:

            Alas I think you pipped me at the post to that honour.

  5. Me says:

    Metal fatigue by any other name, I guess……

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