This week’s Showdown features three works whose performances were recently disrupted by audience members.
Last week, Brahms Second Symphony was accompanied by a fistfight during a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance. A cell phone alarm chimed in during a New York Philharmonic performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in January. And in November 2011, an audience member shouted, “Terrible! Too slow!” and stormed out during a performance of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony by the London Philharmonic.
Despite the vocal support for Bruckner in the comments section, it was Mahler that earned more of your votes. We played at noon a New York Philharmonic performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony – this time completely uninterrupted.