Aug
27
2009
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Watch Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival

TV viewers in France and Germany can watch Claudio Abbado’s performance of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra this Sunday 30th August, 19.00, on ARTE.

Aug
26
2009
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AUSSCHREIBUNG: Mahler-Kompositionswettbewerb 2010/11

(German only – translate with Google)

In Zusammenarbeit mit der Internationalen Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft, dem ORF-Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien und dem Wiener Konzerthaus schreibt der Österreichische Komponistenbund aus Anlass der Mahlerjahre 2010/11 (150. Geburtstag, 100. Todestag) einen internationalen Kompositionswettbewerb aus, der Komponistinnen und Komponisten des 21. Jahrhunderts ohne Altersbegrenzung einlädt, Werke in jenen drei Kategorien einzureichen, für die Gustav Mahler Kompositionen geschaffen hat: (more…)

Aug
26
2009
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Mahler Project at Butler University

Butler University has now announced the full programme of its Mahler Project during the years 2009 and 2010, with lectures, readings and concerts.

Aug
18
2009
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Esa-Pekka Salonen on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler embraced everything that exists”

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

Salonen: It might have been the 5th Symphony. My teacher, Jorma Panula, was the first Finnish conductor to conduct a complete Mahler cycle ”“ that is, all the Mahler symphonies ”“ in Finland in the 70s. I did hear every piece in the cycle during that time, but I cannot remember what the first one was. I do, however, remember feeling slightly bewildered. I was very familiar with Bruckner at the time, and I was very taken by the simplicity and clarity of form in Bruckner.

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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)

Aug
17
2009
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Claudia Abbado at the Lucerne Festival

The opening concert of this year’s Lucerne Festival is broadcast this Friday, 21st August, 20.05 CET on Bayern 4 Klassik Radio (and others in Germany).

Claudio Abbado conducts Mahler’s 1st Symphony with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Aug
14
2009
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Ingo Metzmacher on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler is my point of reference”

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

Metzmacher: I think I heard Mahler for the first time in the context of Ives, who always interested me; there’s the story that when Mahler came back from New York he had an Ives score in his suitcase and wanted to bring him to Europe, and then unfortunately he died ”“ there are connections between Ives and Mahler.

I had a book by Kurt Blaukopf, his famous book about Mahler, and what interested me most at the time was the description of when he went to the Jahrmarkt [country fair]. He describes at length how it felt for him to hear the different types of music around him as he went through the fairground. He could hear a waltz here, a polka there, a brass band there. He could hear it all at the same time, but the perspective changed as he walked, of course, because he was nearer to one source of music than another.

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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)

Aug
06
2009
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New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010

The New Zealand International Arts Festival has just announced that its 2010 festival will open with a performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. Vladimir Ashkenazy will conduct the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Aug
03
2009
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Kent Nagano on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler was a pioneer ”“ not only a radical”

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

Nagano: The first time I heard Gustav Mahler’s music was indirectly through the television. I was a very young boy, it was in the early 1960s, and I heard the second movement of the 1st Symphony explained, and then conducted, by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. It was on what has now become a very famous television series called The Young People’s Concerts, and for many children like me, who lived in rural America, far away from the big cities, where we didn’t have regular access to symphony orchestras and opera houses, it was a tremendous outreach programme. I must have been eight years old at the time.

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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)

Aug
03
2009
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Claudio Abbado – Rückkehr an die Mailänder Scala mit Mahlers 2. Symphonie

(German only – translate with Google)

Claudio Abbado dirigiert nach 17 Jahren wieder ein Konzert an der Mailänder Scala. Am 4. Juni 2010 plant der Stardirigent sein Comeback im Mailänder Opernhaus mit Mahlers zweiter Symphonie, die er bereits bei seinem Debüt an der Scala im Jahr 1963 dirigiert hatte. Anlass ist der 150. Geburtstag Mahlers. Bisher wollte Abbado noch im Juni 2010 mit dem Symphonischen Orchester der Scala Mahlers achte Symphonie aufführen. (more…)

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