Bruckner in Melbourne unfortunately isn't standard repertoire. The last time the 7th was performed was in 1996. Mahler is now stabdard repertoitre- Stenz performed Mahler Regularly.
In that sense, Andrew Davis was speaking to many audience members who would hardly have been familiar with the work.
With regard to the number of performances in my collection I take your point. What I suffer from in that regard is called the Collector's Disease. My wife, of course, agrees with your assessment entirely.
The only other time I've been 'lectured' at a live performance before was in the mid nineties when Mark Elder turned to the audience before a performance of Janacek's Sinfonietta. ( I have about ten recordings of this by the way...) Now I know this work really well, got to know it from Ancerl's great recording. I thought I knew all about this great work, that it was inspired by the brass band at an athletic carnival etc.
Little did I know - till Elder told us - that the 3rd movement was a monument to the 'German Gaol' in Brn, though I swear he said "Prague'.
Well, blow me down with a feather, Mr Elder: the work was written in 1926. Janacek died in 1928, way long before post Munich German occupation.
If there was a gaol in Brn where Czechs and Slovaks and Moravians were tortured, as Elder alleged, it would have been built, staffed and admistered by Austria/Hungary, for a start. More to the point, that movement is titled:The Queen's Monastery.
I was on the verge of rising from my seat and yelling out: I came to listen to music, Mr Elder, not to listen to an unadvertised lecture. If you must lecture us, please get you facts straight.
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