How to make anything sound like Mahler

How to make anything sound like Mahler


norman lebrecht

December 04, 2021

You might be able to improve on this.


  • John Borstlap says:

    Amateuristic….. and terrible piano toucher technique (much too much muscle tension). Mahler did not have ‘a style’ that could easily be imitated, and the video shows a generic romantic style, as if it consists merely of a number of tricks. But birthday party members will be happy.

    • I found the pseudo-German Anweisungen hilarious – and actually did recognise some Mahlerian phrases, including a whiff of the Ewig motif. But overall, yes, not Mahler in any real sense. Borge’s Mozart Happy Birthday beats this by several miles.

  • Byrwec Ellison says:

    This pianist does much the same with a bunch of composers. Here she is on Ravel…