This is dreadfully sad news. I was a young Mahlerian when I first stumbled across Tony's newly minted synoptic survey back in 1999. His genuine enthusiasm for the music and his entertaining and eloquent prose fired my imagination and sent me hunting around CD stores and second hand LP shops for the various recordings he recommended so highly. As my own knowledge of the scores and my tastes in Mahler interpretation developed, I frequently returned to Tony's writings, and I continue to do so. Though I never met or corresponded directly with Tony, I feel like I have been arguing the toss with him on the merits of various Mahler recordings for well over a decade. The last sentences of Tony's profile on the musicweb site read as follows: "In reviewing recordings I believe something of the experience of listening ought to be communicated to the reader by writing that should be enjoyable of itself. Whether I have ever succeeded in this laudable aim I leave others to judge." He succeeded as few reviewers do. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
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