Hear Mahler’s 9th Played in 6 Minutes on the Squeezebox by “The Greatest Accordionist in the World”

Theater of the Accordion- William Schimmel

NPR called William Schim­mel “the great­est accor­dion­ist in the world,” and thanks to NPR you can hear Schim­mel at work, tak­ing Gus­tav Mahler’s sprawl­ing Ninth Sym­pho­ny and “squeez­ing this immense musi­cal can­vas down to just 6 1/2 min­utes.” That’s a feat in itself.

Trum­peter Wyn­ton Marsalis makes an appear­ance on the track, which comes from the new­ly-released album, The­ater of the Accor­dion: William Schim­mel. Enjoy.


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