Feb
28
2011
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Herbert Blomstedt on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler must have been a great man”

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

Blomstedt: I think so. It was the 1st Symphony and I didn’t like it particularly. I was 14 or 15 and I thought it was vulgar. It was in Gothenburg. I am sure Issay Dobrowen conducted it very well, but I was right in the Bach-Beethoven-late-quartets-phase of my development, so anything that diverged too much from that I felt was not really worth my attention [laughs]. It took quite a few years before I realised that Mahler was great 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)

Feb
11
2011
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Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris

Christoph EschenbachTo celebrate the Mahler anniversary years 2010 and 2011, as well as the conductor’s 70th birthday, Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris have made high definition video recordings of the Mahler series they presented this season available online.

All symphonies as well as the interview Christoph Eschenbach gave to Universal Edition are now online.

See the concerts online

Feb
02
2011
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Simon Rattle on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler is the reason why I’m a conductor today”

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

Rattle: I’m not sure. I grew up in Liverpool when they were doing what was actually the first European Mahler cycle with the same orchestra and conductor. It’s extraordinary when you think about it – this was the mid 60s, but no one in Europe had played all the symphonies with the same conductor. It had only been done in Utah, by the Utah Symphony Orchestra. And one forgets how off-centre Mahler was at the time. Berthold Goldschmidt had only just performed Mahler’s 3rd for the first time in Britain; that was in 1962. I still have a magnificent tape of that. So, Sir Charles Groves and the Liverpool Philharmonic did two a year for five-and-a-half years, because they also did Das Lied von der Erde [The Song of the Earth] and the early version of the completed 10th. I can remember, because I was studying: violin with one player in the orchestra, percussion with another, and they said, “Ah! We’re on our twice-yearly struggle with 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)

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