Jun
23
2009
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Pierre Boulez on Gustav Mahler

“One cannot refer to the biography to explain the music”

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

Boulez: I think so. In France he was not performed at all when I was young. But it was the 4th Symphony, and I remember being surprised by the Schellen [sleigh bells] because it was very unusual to hear such a sound, especially at the beginning of a symphony. Paul Kletzki was conducting.

And then the other time I heard Mahler, that was Das Lied von der Erde [The Song of the Earth], performed in 1952. I don’t know if that was for the first time in France, but it was the first time I saw it programmed there. Although I don’t remember the performers, it was very impressive.

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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)

Jun
23
2009
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Concertgebouworkest – Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies

The Concertgebouworkest is presenting Gustav Mahler’s symphonies 1-10 and Das Lied von der Erde in Amsterdam from 2009-2011. The list of conductors is a who’s who of contemporary masters, including Harding, Jansons, Boulez, Gatti and Haitink.

See the Concertgebouworkest’s Mahler pages.

Jun
23
2009
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Jonathan Nott on Gustav Mahler

“Frozen for eternity in death”

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

Nott: Yes. I actually came across Mahler when I was eight years old, singing in the boys choir in Worcester Cathedral; it was Mahler’s 8th.

Was Mahler part of the repertoire when you discovered his symphonies in the UK?

Nott: I wouldn’t say I discovered them ”“ apart from the 8th ”“ I just had much more experience of the 8th than anything else. I wasn’t really a concert-goer.

I grew up in the Midlands, in Worcester; there were concerts, but it wasn’t like being in Vienna or even London. There were very few opportunities to experience a Mahler symphony, therefore I think my first encounters were in mainland Europe ”“ Frankfurt, where I ended up in the late 80s.

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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)

Jun
22
2009
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Orchestre des Champs-Élysées on tour

The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées is performing Mahler’s 4th Symphony on tour in March 2010. Concerts will take place in

Poitiers (F) TAP March 6th
Ravenna (IT) March 8th
Grenoble (F) MC2 March 11th
Bruxelles (B) Palais des Beaux-Arts March 14th
Rotterdam (NL) De Doelen March 16th

Philippe Herreweghe conducts. See the orchestra’s website nearer the date for more information.

Jun
22
2009
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Mahler Festival in Stockholm

The Konserthuset in Stockholm tells us of its forthcoming Mahler Festival in March 2010.

All symphonies are being performed in a row, by The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as well as by guest orchestras from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Several of the song cycles will also be perfomed in chamber versions.

Download the Konserthuset’s Swedish Mahler Brochure
Mahler’s Universe in 12 Days

Use the historical search at the Konserthuset’s website to see the first Mahler performances in Stockholm.

Jun
15
2009
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Franz Welser-Möst on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler was like an earthquake for me.”

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

Welser-Möst: Yes, I do. It was the 1st Symphony; I must have been 10 or 11 years old. It was the student orchestra of the Wiener Musikhochschule [Vienna Academy of Music], at that time with Karl Österreicher. So that was quite some time ago.

At that age, everything was sort of new and I was not immediately drawn to Mahler in particular. The next experience with Mahler that I remember was the 5th with Sir Georg Solti and that was like an earthquake for me. That I remember very well. I think I was about 15. And from that moment on I took a real interest in Mahler’s music.

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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)

Jun
15
2009
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Daniele Gatti on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler should be performed simply and humbly”

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

Gatti: I was nine or ten when I began to study music. And of course the names familiar to me were Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rossini, Verdi ”“ but not Mahler, not at all. Once I heard my father say: “Mahler, Mahler ”“ there is a symphony of Mahler on the radio”, but I was unimpressed. Later on, when I was growing up ”“ I was 12 or 13 ”“ almost every evening he would bring home a new record. They covered the entire repertoire ”“ from Mozart to Stravinsky ”“ and that was how he tried to introduce me to the orchestral sound. I remember he brought Mahler’s 1st, conducted by Bruno Walter, so the first time I listened to his music was with my father in our sitting room ”“ at least 20 minutes of the 1st Symphony. And there I was, listening, without any particular emotion ”“ but subconsciously I was absorbing his style.

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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)

Jun
11
2009
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Daniel Barenboim on Gustav Mahler

“I began to conduct Mahler out of spite”

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

Barenboim: Not exactly. I remember playing the songs with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the early 70s, when we did the Wunderhorn-Lieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [Songs of a Wayfarer] and the Rückert-Lieder: all except the Kindertotenlieder [Songs on the Death of Children] because they were not originally written for piano. The first Mahler symphony I conducted was the 5th, in 1973. I came quite late to Mahler.

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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)

Jun
05
2009
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Claudio Abbado dirigiert 2010 an der Mailänder Scala Mahlers “Achte”

Die Stadt Mailand hat gemeinsam mit der Provinz beschlossen, um rund 22 Millionen Euro 90.000 Bäume für Stardirigent Claudio Abbado zu pflanzen. Das war das ungewöhnliche Honorar, das Abbado im Dezember gefordert hatte, um nach 23 Jahren Abwesenheit an die Mailänder Scala zurückzukehren.

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Jun
04
2009
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Reviews of the Carnegie Hall Mahler series

Endless Mahler
Alex Ross in the New Yorker

It’s a Wrap! Mahler Marathon Finishes Glowingly
Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times

Mahler Symphonies at High Heat but Contrasting Temperatures
James R. Oestreich in the New York Times

Noch ein letztes Mal fortissimo!
Julia Spinola in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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