David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The world is impossible to imagine without Mahler's Symphony No. 4, though its well-deserved ubiquity didn't stop Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia from indulging in amiably quixotic time travel back to when Mahler approved a parlor-size reduction, perhaps because options for hearing the large-orchestra version were limited.
NEW YORK - Ever loyal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin maintains what looks like an undying commitment to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, whose 2006 appointment consolidated his international career. Now, as he moves among A-list orchestras (including one in Philadelphia), why does he stay with a second-tier Dutch ensemble?