A stolen score from Cate Blanchett’s Tar? – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

November 16, 2022

The Boston Philharmonic Benjamin Zander lost some important marked-up scores when thieves stole his car from in front of his house.

William Sarill, who saw the Cate Blanchett film Tar, sees some spooky parallels:
‘In the film the score of Mahler’s 5th Symphony is stolen from Lydia Tár at a critical juncture as she prepares to record the symphony for the first time. The loss is particularly devastating because the score has been carefully marked with her notes from past performance.

‘Word just came out today that Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, suffered a similar fate when his car was stolen 10 days ago. Although the car was recovered, a briefcase with the marked-up scores of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as well as Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben is still missing.

‘The parallels are superficially striking – Boston Philharmonic vs Berlin Philharmonic, Beethoven’s 5th vs Mahler’s 5th. Furthermore, like Lydia Tár, Zander is an expert on Mahler and has recorded almost all of his works. And Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is thematically related to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 because Mahler idolized Beethoven and paid homage to him in his own Fifth Symphony.’


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