Jun
15
2009
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Franz Welser-Möst on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler was like an earthquake for me.”

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

Welser-Möst: Yes, I do. It was the 1st Symphony; I must have been 10 or 11 years old. It was the student orchestra of the Wiener Musikhochschule [Vienna Academy of Music], at that time with Karl Österreicher. So that was quite some time ago.

At that age, everything was sort of new and I was not immediately drawn to Mahler in particular. The next experience with Mahler that I remember was the 5th with Sir Georg Solti and that was like an earthquake for me. That I remember very well. I think I was about 15. And from that moment on I took a real interest in Mahler’s 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)

Jun
15
2009
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Daniele Gatti on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler should be performed simply and humbly”

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

Gatti: I was nine or ten when I began to study music. And of course the names familiar to me were Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rossini, Verdi ”“ but not Mahler, not at all. Once I heard my father say: “Mahler, Mahler ”“ there is a symphony of Mahler on the radio”, but I was unimpressed. Later on, when I was growing up ”“ I was 12 or 13 ”“ almost every evening he would bring home a new record. They covered the entire repertoire ”“ from Mozart to Stravinsky ”“ and that was how he tried to introduce me to the orchestral sound. I remember he brought Mahler’s 1st, conducted by Bruno Walter, so the first time I listened to his music was with my father in our sitting room ”“ at least 20 minutes of the 1st Symphony. And there I was, listening, without any particular emotion ”“ but subconsciously I was absorbing his style.

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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)

Jun
11
2009
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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)

Jun
05
2009
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Claudio Abbado dirigiert 2010 an der Mailänder Scala Mahlers “Achte”

Die Stadt Mailand hat gemeinsam mit der Provinz beschlossen, um rund 22 Millionen Euro 90.000 Bäume für Stardirigent Claudio Abbado zu pflanzen. Das war das ungewöhnliche Honorar, das Abbado im Dezember gefordert hatte, um nach 23 Jahren Abwesenheit an die Mailänder Scala zurückzukehren.

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Jun
04
2009
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Reviews of the Carnegie Hall Mahler series

Endless Mahler
Alex Ross in the New Yorker

It’s a Wrap! Mahler Marathon Finishes Glowingly
Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times

Mahler Symphonies at High Heat but Contrasting Temperatures
James R. Oestreich in the New York Times

Noch ein letztes Mal fortissimo!
Julia Spinola in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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The Gustav Mahler Blog by Universal Edition

Our Gustav Mahler blog was set up to document all information regarding performances, festivals, interviews, new editions, recordings and reviews up to and during the two Mahler anniversary years 2010 and 2011.

The blog is also the home of our exclusive collection of conductor’s interviews, which have since been published in Gustav Mahler: The Conductors’ Interviews, edited by Wolfgang Schaufler.

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May
23
2009
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Carnegie Hall Concerts

The Carnegie Hall’s series Gustav Mahler – The Symphonies in Sequence, with the Staatskapelle Berlin, is well underway in New York. Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez conduct.

May
22
2009
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Gefühl und Struktur – Pierre Boulez über Gustav Mahler

Wiederveröffentlichung aus dem Magazin des Wiener Musikvereins. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Autors.

Als Komponist ist er Doyen der Avantgarde, als Dirigent ein kluger Anwalt der großen Innovatoren der Musikgeschichte: Pierre Boulez. Mit Gustav Mahler verbindet ihn eine besondere Beziehung, wie sich das Musikvereinspublikum zuletzt im Herbst bei den umjubelten Konzerten mit der Staatskapelle Berlin überzeugen durfte. Zur Fortsetzung dieses Mahler-Zyklus verdeutlicht Pierre Boulez im Gespräch mit Walter Weidringer Aspekte seiner Sicht auf den Komponisten- und Dirigentenkollegen. (more…)

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May
22
2009
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Gustav Mahler 2010 / 2011 – analytical documents

We have published various documents on Mahler and his music on our website, including thematic analyses by Richard Specht and Josef Venantius von Wöss.

Gustav Mahler @ Universal Edition

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May
22
2009
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Mahler in New York

Alex Ross reports on the forthcoming Mahler concerts in New York (Berliner Staatskapelle and the New Philharmonic Orchestra).

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