Light go up by public demand in Das Lied von der Erdemain
Hugh Kerr, editor of the Edinburgh Music Review, reports that the impact in his city of Mahler’s Song of the Earth, with Jane Irwin and Simon O’Neill as soloists, ‘was diminished by the failure of the audience to understand the wonderful words… This is because less than a quarter buy a programme and even those who do so can’t read them since the Usher Hall dim the lights.’
The following night in Glasgow, the lights were left on by popular demand.
And what was it Mahler wrote? Dunkel ist das Leben, ist der Tod!