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)

Jan
27
2011
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Award for Mahler in Manchester

The BBC Philharmonic and Hallé’s combined performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at The Bridgewater Hall has won a South Bank Sky Arts Award.

The project was one of the highlights of the city’s six month long Mahler in Manchester Festival, in which the BBC Philharmonic and the Halle joined forces with The Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Camerata for a city-wide tribute.

Along with the symphonies, the orchestras performed new works commissioned for the series, including Friedrich Cerha’s Like a Tragicomedy and Luke Bedford’s At Three and Two.

Jan
11
2011
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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.

Dec
22
2010
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Mahler in Rome

Mahler Le SinfonieThe Mahler series of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome continues in 2011 with the following concerts

Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Antonio Pappano

January 2011
Sat 8 | Mon 10 | Tues 11
Symphony No. 6

March 2011
Sat 12 | Mon 14 | Tues 15
Symphony No. 1

April 2011
Sat 2 | Mon 4 | Tues 5
Symphony No. 9

October 2011
Sat 22 | Sun 23 | Mon 24

with the China National Chorus and soloists Manuela Uhl, Christine Brewer, Meagan Miller, Sara Mingardo, Maria Radner, Nikolai Schukoff, Christopher Maltman, Georg Zeppenfeld
Symphony No. 8

November 2011
Sat 12 | Mon 14 | Tues 15
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Symphony No. 7

In addition, further concerts will be given by the Mariinsky Orchestra together with the Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Valery Gergiev:

10 November 2011
Symphony No. 9

11 November 2011
Symphony No. 4


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Dec
16
2010
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Norman Lebrecht on Gustav Mahler

In our latest Mahler interview, journalist, broadcaster and musicologist Norman Lebrecht talks to UE about Gustav Mahler’s life and music.

Read Norman Lebrecht’s blog: Slipped disc

Dec
15
2010
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Gustav Mahler ”“ The People’s Edition

Mahler - The People's EditionDeutsche Grammophon have just released Mahler ”“ The People’s Edition, a 13 CD release of the symphonies chosen by their listeners from the rich DG  and Decca catalogue.

The line-up of conductors includes Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly, Carlo Maria Giulini, Herbert von Karajan, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta and Georg Solti.

Listen to samples, purchase and download on the Deutsche Grammophon website.

Dec
07
2010
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Mahler and the Berlin Philharmonic

Mahler’s relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra began in 1892 with a concert of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and continues to this day.

Seine Zeit ist gekommenUnder the title Seine Zeit ist gekommen (His time has come) the orchestra is now presenting an exhibition with information about the life and work of Gustav Mahler. Of special interest are the various “stations” of the Mahler tradition of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Seine Zeit ist gekommen ”“ from 5 December 2010 until 31 January 2011 in the Foyer of the Philharmonie Berlin.

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Dec
01
2010
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Mariss Jansons and David Zinman Transcripts

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

Written by Universal Edition in: General |

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