Jul
05
2010
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Manfred Honeck on Gustav Mahler

“The rubato is essential when conducting Mahler”

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

Honeck: I remember it very well. I was a member of the Austrian Youth Orchestra; we went to Berlin to participate in the Karajan Competition. Several youth orchestras from all over Europe were taking part; I heard the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie performing Mahler’s 1st Symphony. I was extremely impressed right away, not only by the big sound ”“ other symphonies have a big sound too ”“ but also by the way Mahler treated the darkness and the special significance of his music, particularly in the third movement.

It might have something to do with my own experience of losing my mother. She had nine children. I took part in the funeral, of course, and the way it was conducted reminded me a little bit of this music. I must have been 13 or 14 years old at the time and it was remarkable. It was probably one of the most important moments for me. I was almost shocked that this could happen with music, that it could come into my life and into my heart, where it has stayed ever since.

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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)

Jul
05
2010
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Metzmacher, Salonen and Tilson Thomas Transcripts

Full transcripts of our Mahler interviews with Ingo Metzmacher, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas are now online.

Written by Universal Edition in: Interviews |
Jul
05
2010
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New Recordings

Angelika Kirchschlager has released a new CD of Mahler songs on Quinton Records, accompanied by Helmut Deutsch. The CD is available at Amazon and JPC, also as a download.

Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra have just released their new recording of the 2nd Symphony on Virgin Classics. Available at Amazon and JPC.

Jun
18
2010
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Valery Gergiev on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler’s Seventh made me sleepless”

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

Gergiev: I remember it very vaguely. It was the 1st Symphony. Obviously, I was a very, very young man, but I remember that final movement when the horn section suddenly stands up and continues to play while standing. It’s a very powerful statement of desire in this symphony. That was very memorable.

That was a long time ago and, of course, it was also a long time before I started to look at Mahler’s symphonies ”“ although when I was preparing to participate in the Herbert von Karajan Competition for young conductors, I saw that Mahler’s 1st was on the list of pieces to prepare. That meant that if you prepared it, you could be asked to conduct the second movement, part of the finale, part of the first movement or just a couple of tempo transitions at the end ”“ they don’t give you the entire symphony to conduct.

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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)

May
20
2010
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Jonathan Nott and Kent Nagano Interview Transcripts

The full transcripts of our Mahler interviews with Jonathan Nott and Kent Nagano are now available.

May
19
2010
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Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris

As part of his own celebration of the Mahler anniversary years, Christoph Eschenbach has published high quality videos of his current series of Mahler concerts with the Orchestre de Paris. Symphonies 1, 2, 6 and 8 are already online. The films, directed by François Goetghebeur, are a collaboration with the Orchestre de Paris and Medici TV.

The next performance is the Ninth Symphony on the 15th June.

See also our interview with Christoph Eschenbach on Mahler’s music.

May
14
2010
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Sakari Oramo on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler controls chaos”

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

Oramo: I have to confess that I can’t remember. I went to concerts with my father quite often when I was young, especially when my mother was playing, she is a pianist. But Mahler’s music ”“ I suppose it could have been when Igor Markevitch was conducting in Helsinki. And I seem to remember that my mother played Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto with him, and then there was Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. It could have been then.

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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)

May
14
2010
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Mahler Symphony No. 1 for chamber orchestra

The Aurora Orchestra has announced the British première of Klaus Simon’s arrangement of Mahler’s 1st Symphony for chamber orchestra.

The performance takes place at this year’s Oundle Festival in England on 16 July.

Apr
24
2010
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Antonio Pappano on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler wanted to live, that’s the whole point!”

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

Pappano: My first encounter with Mahler’s music was, of course, with the vocal music; the Rückert-Lieder ”“ Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen [I am lost to the world] had a huge impact on me, but you know, strangely enough, the song that stays with me is Liebst du um Schönheit [If you love for beauty]. I know that song was originally not part of the group, but it’s so specifically Mahlerian. Mahler’s identity is absolutely unmistakable ”“ in three notes. And this is what made such a huge impression on me; it couldn’t be anybody else.

It’s very popular to say that Mahler was influenced by this or that. He was a conductor, the greatest conductor of his generation, certainly for opera, and he had everything in his head, so of course his music can be a mishmash of all different things; but what you do with this mishmash, what you do with your influences and how you make them into something that is your own ”“ he did that like nobody else.

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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)

Apr
14
2010
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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.

MAHLER AUF DER COUCH

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
and
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.

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