Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc - [Bernard Haitink] has complained before that Mahler gets performed too much, at the expense of more beautiful and more important music. In an interview with the November issue of Das Orchester magazine, the Dutch conductor – once a champion of Mahler on record – let fly again at alleged Mahler excess. Here’s what he said:
It’s a hobbyhorse of mine and a major worry, this Mahler cult. There are people who come to a concert only if Mahler is played. Once, after a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony, I received a letter, telling me: ‘I was so moved, I wept through the whole piece.” I almost wrote back: ‘You need to see a psychiatrist.’ I didn’t, of course. These are isolated instances, but Mahler is not well served by this cult. Maybe, after the anniversary year, it will all die down.