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The Gustav Mahler Blog by Universal Edition

Our Gustav Mahler blog was set up to document all information regarding performances, festivals, interviews, new editions, recordings and reviews up to and during the two Mahler anniversary years 2010 and 2011.

The blog is also the home of our exclusive collection of conductor’s interviews, which have since been published in Gustav Mahler: The Conductors’ Interviews, edited by Wolfgang Schaufler.

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Dec
20
2013
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Claudio Abbado on Gustav Mahler

Claudio Abbado talks to Universal Edition about the music of Gustav Mahler.
Video language: German (with English subtitles).
This interview is included in our new book
Gustav Mahler: The Conductors’ Interviews
Edited by Wolfgang Schaufler

Jul
19
2011
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Claudio Abbado Interview mit der FAZ

In einem seiner seltenen Interviews sprach Claudio Abbado mit Julia Spinola über seine lebenslange Auseinandersetzung mit der Musik Gustav Mahlers. Das Interview erschien in der FAZ vom 9.7.2011 (Was hören Sie im Schnee, Signore Abbado?).

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May
27
2011
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Alan Gilbert on Gustav Mahler

“In New York he was kind of giving up”

Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?

Gilbert: I couldn’t swear that it was the first time I heard his music, but my first memory of Mahler is very clear. I was nine years old and my parents decided that it was time for me to hear all the symphonies of Mahler. The New York Philharmonic was playing a Mahler festival in Carnegie Hall, I think it was in September or October of 1976. They bought me a ticket and I heard all of his symphonies. I think the first one was the 5th and ”“ maybe because it was the first or maybe because there was this incedible trumpet solo that really struck my nine-year-old fancy ”“ that’s the one that stayed with me. But I did hear all the symphonies.

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Find the full interview in Gustav Mahler: The Conductors Interviews
Edited by Wolfgang Schaufler
ISBN: 978-3-7024-7162-0
ISMN: 979-0-008-08493-5
Order number: UE26311 (German Edition: UE26310)

May
24
2011
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Video Streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival

Arte Live Web’s video streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival are online for some time still.

Watch full concert recordings of the London Symphony Orchestra, The Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others.

May
19
2011
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30,000 video views

Our first Mahler interview to appear on this blog was with Daniel Barenboim, back in June 2009. Since then, we’re proud to say that all 27 videos have now been viewed a total of more than 30,000 times. It’s heart-warming to see how much interest there has been in the series.

All videos are now also available on YouTube. And they are still online for all to watch here and on Vimeo.com.

And finally, there are more coming soon. Watch this space ”¦

May
18
2011
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Gustav Mahler – 100 years after his death

Gustav Mahler’s grave in Vienna today, 100 years after his death. Floral tributes were made by the New York Philharmonic, the City of Vienna and Universal Edition, among others.

Gustav Mahlers grave in Vienna, 18 May 2011


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May
17
2011
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100 years ago tomorrow

In advance of the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death tomorrow, here are a few pointers to activities, concerts and reports to be found across the internet.

The German Theatre Museum is showing the exhibition Gustav Mahler – Composer, Opera Director, Conductor until 18 September. The exhibition features the video interviews made by Universal Edition.

The Leipzig Mahler Festival starts today at the Gewandhaus with Riccardo Chailly conducting the 2nd Symphony. All concerts will be broadcast live on the internet by ARTE and the MDR.

Alex Ross has a round up of Mahler performances available on the internet, including Christoph Eschenbach’s series of the Mahler symphonies with the Orchestre de Paris.

Gavin Plumley has been charting the last days of Mahler’s life on his Entartete Musik Blog.

May
17
2011
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In Search of Mahler

Watch Gavin Plumley’s new film following in the footsteps of Mahler.

Read more at the Entartete Musik Blog

Apr
18
2011
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Mahler Interview Transcripts Now Online

We have just published the transcripts of several more Mahler interviews, so that they are now nearly all online.

Read the full interviews with Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons and many more.

Mar
10
2011
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Gustav Mahler at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

The new Gustav Mahler exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay opened this week in Paris.

The exhibition shows a fascinating collection of material from the archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna and the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris. Many of the objects are on display for the first time ever.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a facsimile of the complete manuscript score of the 4th Symphony. As the music plays from loudspeakers (Jascha Horenstein’s 1970 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra) lights illuminate the relevant page in the score.

Curator Pierre Korzilius spoke to Universal Edition about the exhibition.

The exhibition is on until 29 May 2011.

Press reports:

Naturbursche und Musiktyrann (Deutschlandradio Kultur)
Gustav Mahlers Leid an der Seine (Die Presse)

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