The surgeon got lost in Mahler. Thank God for the anaesthetistmain
The best clip from the brain operation, in which Isle of Wight violinist Dagmar Turner played her instrument during critical bits, is to be found in the Times report:
While the surgeon cut away at the tumour, Ms Turner played a collection of random tunes including Summertime, Julio Iglesias’s Besame Mucho and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 5.
Professor Keyoumars Ashkan said: “My role as a surgeon was to make sure she played well, which means I had to know the song. I knew Summertime, I knew Julio Iglesisas but then she started playing Mahler’s fifth and I didn’t know it. Luckily the anaesthetist did.”
Which bit of Mahler 5, I’m wondering? Must be Adagietto.