Austrian mezzo Angelika Kirschlager sings on a disc commissioned by the Austrian National Tourist Office to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahler. Mahler's enduring legacy will always make him the sensitive bada$$ of composition. Xenakis = flash in the pan. Mahler = forever cool.
We saw Kirschlager in Milan last Spring at Conservatorio di Milano, where the mezzo blew away the audiences with a Kurt Weill full-loaded, semi-automatic Uzi of vocal power.