Nov
23
2010
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Andris Nelsons on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler wanted to show the world: I have a problem!”

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

Nelsons: The first time I consciously heard Mahler’s music was his 1st Symphony. It was strange because I was very much interested in nature sounds at the time, in music about nature. I had recordings of water sounds and bird songs and one day I asked somebody what music they could recommend I listen to if I liked that kind of music, just out of interest.

This person gave me a tape and said, “There is one composer … He had forgotten the name, but it was Mahler’s 1st Symphony. The beginning, which is a chord in the strings, is also the sound of nature, absolutely” [sings]. This was the first Mahler that I heard; I was maybe 11 or 12 years old and I fell in love with his 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)

Nov
23
2010
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Mahler scores on sale

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 Conductor's ScoreThe new Universal Edition Study Score Series now contains twelve newly prepared editions of Mahler works. In addition, eight of the works are also available in our new bound Conductor’s Scores Series.

All editions have been produced based on the current state of research and are presented in clear and legible format.

The following scores are available:

Symphony No. 1
(study score / conductor’s score)
Symphony No. 2 (available in spring 2011)
Symphony Nr. 3 (study score / conductor’s score)
Symphony Nr. 4 (study score / conductor’s score)
Symphony Nr. 8 (study score / conductor’s score)
Das Lied von der Erde (conductor’s score)
Symphony Nr. 9 (study score / conductor’s score)
Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (study score / conductor’s score)
Des Knaben Wunderhorn Vol. 1 (study score)
Des Knaben Wunderhorn Vol. 2 (study score)
Kindertotenlieder (study score)
Rückertlieder (study score)

Nov
16
2010
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Josep Pons on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler is more contemporary now than in 1910”

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

Pons: It was at the Schola Cantorum in Montserrat. I studied at the monastery from age 10 to 14 and sang in the Schola Cantorum. This is a place with a very long tradition and a very good library, and also where I heard Mahler’s music for the first time – recorded, not live.

Straight after I left Montserrat, a few friends gave me the complete symphonies, conducted by Bernard Haitink with Elly Ameling singing in the 4th. That was the soundtrack to my life, so to speak, when I was 14, 15, 16 years old. Later on, the first time I conducted Mahler’s music was with a small group. A chamber version of Das Lied von der Erde [The Song of the Earth], Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [Songs of a Wayfarer] – those were my initial contacts 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)

Sep
21
2010
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Gustavo Dudamel on Gustav Mahler

“Wow, Mahler!”

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

Dudamel: It was years ago, and rather funny; my father played the trombone in a salsa group and was also playing with an orchestra. I remember finding the third trombone part of Mahler’s 1st Symphony. I recall taking my father’s trombone and trying to play [imitates a trombone] – I was maybe 11 or 12 years old at the time, and I was playing the violin. But I remember a recording of the 1st; I received it as a gift from an uncle. That was the first Mahler I ever listened to.

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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)

Sep
21
2010
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Mahler concerts in Rotterdam

The Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam has told us about their forthcoming Mahler concerts. They are:

30 September 2010
01 October 2010
02 October 2010

Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Karen Cargill, alto
Het Nederlands Concertkoor
Roder Jongenskoor
Programme:
Mahler Symphony No. 3

25 november 2010
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Gal James, soprano
Programme:
R. Strauss Vier letzte Lieder
Mahler Symfonie nr.9

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Sep
20
2010
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Riccardo Chailly on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler’s First was the great emotion of my youth”

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

Chailly: Yes, very clearly; it was in the early 60s in Rome, at the Auditorium del Foro Italico with the RAI Rome Orchestra. I attended a rehearsal of the 1st Symphony, conducted by Zubin Mehta, who was very young at that time. I was there because my father was working at the RAI Rome, programming classical music. He had to leave for a meeting and said, “Stay here for one hour and don’t move, don’t talk, don’t do anything!” When I heard the power of the music it left me feeling at a complete standstill. I didn’t know what to do, how to react” – it was the great emotion of my youth.

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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)

Aug
04
2010
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Create your own Mahler Symphony Cycle

Deutsche Grammophon and Decca have launched a new website celebrating Mahler’s 150th birthday and giving customers the opportunity of voting for their favourite Mahler recordings. These will be released this autumn in a new box set.

Mahler-150-site

They have also made out-of-print recordings available, which you can now listen to online.

Jul
29
2010
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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 verrà

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

Written by Universal Edition in: General |
Jul
19
2010
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In Search of Gustav Mahler

Norman Lebrecht’s BBC Radio 3 broadcast “In Search of Mahler” can be heard online for the next seven days.

From the BBC Website:

“In the year of the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth, Norman Lebrecht travels in the footsteps of the composer in search of those whose lives have been touched and changed by his music.”

Listen here

Jul
16
2010
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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 Bělohlávek 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)

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