Nancy M. Raabe


"There is no standard concert hall repertoire in which lack of sensitivity to tempo and Expression marks is more damaging than Mahler's symphonies. Their coherence lies in a series of tonal relationships emphasized by thematic connections, and tempo provides the medium through which these connections are made. Drawing on the writings of Mahler's friend Natalie Bauer-Lechner, the importance of tempo in Mahler's works is illustrated by the composer's own words."