Jul
28
2009
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Wolfgang Fink on the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition

Wolfgang Fink, General Manager of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

Read more about the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s
International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition.

Jul
23
2009
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Mahler Festival at the San Francisco Symphony

As reported in the Los Angeles Chronicle, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra starts its 2009/10 season with a festival of Mahler’s music. Michael Tilson Thomas (see our video interview) is joined by soloists Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson.

Jul
22
2009
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Mahler in Thailand and Taiwan

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra — together with the Tübingen Chamber Orchestra — is performing Mahler’s 1st Symphony on the 11th and 12 September this year. Gudni A. Emilsson conducts at the MACM Hall of Mahidol University.

In Taipei, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan is performing the 9th Symphony conducted by Günther Herbig on the 24th September.

Jul
21
2009
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LSO and Haitink at the BBC Proms

Listen to Bernard Haitink conducting Mahler’s 9th Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms.

The broadcast is online for a week (from the 20th July). The Proms Concert Programme booklet can also be viewed online.

Jul
16
2009
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Mahler at the Adelaide Festival 2010

100 years after its world première, Mahler’s 8th Symphony will be performed at the Adelaide Festival in Australia (13 March 2010). Arvo Volmer leads the combined forces of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and is joined by the Adelaide Festival Chorus.

Jul
15
2009
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Michael Tilson Thomas on Gustav Mahler

“Jump! Cut! Bang!”

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

Tilson Thomas: I remember very clearly the moment when Mahler’s music reached out and grabbed me; I was 13 years old. I was waiting at the house of my parents’ friends for some reason or another; they were very busy people and they said, “Would you like to listen to some music? For example, do you know Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde?” ”“ which of course I didn’t.

And they said, “Why don’t you listen to the last movement ”“ it’s about 20 minutes long and your parents should be here by then.” And they put on this section, and really I divide my life between before I heard that recording ”“ which was Ferrier and Walter ”“ and after I heard it. The music made a stunning impression on me.

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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)

Jul
15
2009
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Gustav Mahler at the Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé Orchestra, just two years Mahler’s senior, celebrates Mahler in 2010.

Between January and June 2010, the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and The Bridgewater Hall get together to present a complete cycle of Mahler symphonies as well as additional events.

Jul
10
2009
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Christoph Eschenbach on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler is certainly the greatest symphonist ever”

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

Eschenbach: Mahler wasn’t very popular in Germany during my childhood, for obvious reasons; he was banned during the Hitler years. Only slowly did Mahler symphonies return to concert programmes. I was living in the country, in Schleswig-Holstein, so I didn’t have many opportunities to go to concerts anyway, but I remember listening to Mahler records. There was a very famous actor at the time, Gustaf Gründgens, whom I knew, and he introduced me in 1961 to the 2nd Symphony. It’s very interesting that it was him.

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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)

Jul
09
2009
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The Mahler Project at Butler University

The Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis is planning a series of events throughout the 2009-2010 season celebrating Mahler’s 150th birthday and the 20th anniniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The series, called Mahler Project ”“ Germanic Creative Expression, includes concerts and lectures on a wide range of subjects.

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