Jun
11
2009

Daniel Barenboim on Gustav Mahler

“I began to conduct Mahler out of spite”

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

Barenboim: Not exactly. I remember playing the songs with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the early 70s, when we did the Wunderhorn-Lieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [Songs of a Wayfarer] and the Rückert-Lieder: all except the Kindertotenlieder [Songs on the Death of Children] because they were not originally written for piano. The first Mahler symphony I conducted was the 5th, in 1973. I came quite late to 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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2 Comments

  • Rudolf Grainger says:

    “What differs the symphonies from another.” Very cute translation of “Was unterscheidet die Sinfonien von einander.”

    “What distinguishes the symphonies from another.”

  • Don Ciccio says:

    Other who conducted Mahler with the Berlin Philharmonic in the 60s were William Steinberg and, surprise, Constantin Silvestri.

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