Gustav Mahler ”“ 100 years after his death

Gustav Mahler’s grave in Vienna today, 100 years after his death. Floral tributes were made by the New York Philharmonic, the City of Vienna and Universal Edition, among others.

Gustav Mahlers grave in Vienna, 18 May 2011

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In Search of Mahler

Watch Gavin Plumley’s new film following in the footsteps of Mahler.

Read more at the Entartete Musik Blog


Gustav Mahler at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

The new Gustav Mahler exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay opened this week in Paris.

The exhibition shows a fascinating collection of material from the archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna and the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris. Many of the objects are on display for the first time ever.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a facsimile of the complete manuscript score of the 4th Symphony. As the music plays from loudspeakers (Jascha Horenstein’s 1970 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra) lights illuminate the relevant page in the score.

Curator Pierre Korzilius spoke to Universal Edition about the exhibition.

The exhibition is on until 29 May 2011.

Press reports:

Naturbursche und Musiktyrann (Deutschlandradio Kultur)
Gustav Mahlers Leid an der Seine (Die Presse)


Mahler Manuscripts Online

Norman Lebrecht and Alex Ross report that the manuscript of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is now online at the Morgan Library website.

Mahler Symphony No. 5

Also available online are the manuscripts of Der Spielmann and Hochzeitsstück from Das Klagende Lied.


Mariss Jansons and David Zinman Transcripts

Full transcripts of our Mahler interviews with Mariss Jansons and David Zinman are now online.

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Gustav Mahler. Il mio tempo verrà

On the occasion of Mahler’s 150th birthday a Gustav Mahler anthology has now been published in Italian. Thanks to the comments of those who admired and respected him, the anthology plays a valuable role in keeping his spirit alive.

Il mio tempo verrà

Il mio tempo verrÃ

The figures quoted include musicologists, musicians, authors and great thinkers, all of them united by their deep passion for and their profound knowledge of Mahler.

Ernst Bloch, Richard Strauss, Arthur Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, Arnold Schönberg, Alma Mahler, Theodor W. Adorno, Glenn Gould, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim and Claudia Abbado are just some of the great names selected by Gastón Fournier-Facio, the artistic coordinator of the Teatro alla Scala; names that contribute to creating a living image of the master and a careful analysis of his works.

Gustav Mahler. Il mio tempo verrà
La sua musica raccontata da critici, scrittori e interpreti 1901-2010
A cura di Gastón Fournier-Facio

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Mahler opens the BBC Proms

Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony, the “Symphony of a Thousand”, opens the 2010 BBC Proms tonight. Jiří BÄ›lohlávek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the joint forces of six choirs.

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 20:00 British Summer Time (21:00 in Paris). Listen online.

See all Mahler concerts at this year’s Proms.

See also: Mahler’s total eclipse of the heart (Tom Service, The Guardian)


Mahler on the Couch

We’ve just received the details about the forthcoming film Mahler on the Couch, directed by Percy Adlon and Felix Adlon.


Release date Germany/Austria July 7th 2010
A new film by Percy Adlon and Felix Adlon
A genius composer, his wife, her lover ”¦ and Sigmund Freud

Barbara Romaner as Alma
Johannes Silberschneider as Gustav Mahler
Karl Markovics as Sigmund Freud
Friedrich Mücke as Walter Gropius
Eva Mattes as Anna Moll
Lena Stolze as Justine Mahler-Rosé
Nina Berten as Anna von Mildenburg

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Gustav Mahler snatched Alma under the noses of Vienna’s artistic elite, but ten years of marriage and the death of one child have exacerbated the strains caused by the 19 year gap in their ages, and Mahler’s refusal to allow Alma to write music (“I need a wife, not a colleague”). While staying at a spa resort, Alma falls in love with Walter Gropius, five years her junior. Tormented, Mahler seeks advice from Sigmund Freud. The encounter of the two giants of music and psychoanalysis is bumpy, temperamental, and not without humor.


Mahler Exhibition in Vienna

“Leider bleibe ich ein eingefleischter Wiener”*

It is with these words that the Austrian Theatre Museum has titled its new exhibition on the life and music of Gustav Mahler, celebrating his 150th birthday. The exhibition was curated by Reinhold Kubik und Thomas Trabitsch, in cooperation with Universal Edition.

Visitors to the exhibition can view all 15 video interviews with conductors which were made for this blog.

The exhibition runs until 3 October 2010.

(* I regrettably remain Viennese through and through)


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…)

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