Kyle Macdonald writes This cat listening to Mahler is basically all of us:
All Mahler superfans will know that one of his Adagios can elicit a huge range of emotions.
But we’re happy to say there’s no need for a detailed analysis of the rates of harmonic change and cadential tension (though we have that too), because this feline sums it all up perfectly.
Choco belongs to Japanese pianist Yuriko Morota. The cat’s dramatic contortions to the slow, suspense-filled strings in the Adagio finale to Mahler’s final symphony are everything you could wish for. If indeed you wish for pets listening to Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic symphonies, and looking funny.