Dec
14
2009
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Michael Gielen on Gustav Mahler

“Bernstein turned Mahler into kitsch”

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

Gielen: I remember very well. It was around 1956 in Vienna; Mitropoulos performed the 6th with the Vienna Philharmonic. I admired Mitropoulos very much; I was also his assistant at the opera.

I had read through the 6th, but I wouldn’t say that I knew it. As a conductor, I was still a beginner, but it was clear to me that the symphony was so under-rehearsed that it was barely recognisable. Of course it is a very complex work ”“ the third movement was wonderful, but the second turned out to be very problematic, due to the changes in metre and the syncopations ”“ and I would describe the finale as noise.

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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)

Dec
14
2009
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New release ”“ CSO/Haitink/Mahler 2

Naxos USA have informed us of the release of the new recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink.

For more information, see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website.

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