Mar
23
2010
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Gustav Mahler – The Titan in the Salon

This Tuesday, 23 March, the Konservatorium Wien University presents a concert entitled Gustav Mahler – The Titan in the Salon at the Vienna Musikverein.

Ranko Markovic present works by Gustav Mahler und Alfred Schnittke as well as Mahler arrangements by Bruno Walter und Arnold Schönberg.

Mar
18
2010
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Mahler Exhibition in Vienna

“Leider bleibe ich ein eingefleischter Wiener”*

It is with these words that the Austrian Theatre Museum has titled its new exhibition on the life and music of Gustav Mahler, celebrating his 150th birthday. The exhibition was curated by Reinhold Kubik und Thomas Trabitsch, in cooperation with Universal Edition.

Visitors to the exhibition can view all 15 video interviews with conductors which were made for this blog.

The exhibition runs until 3 October 2010.

(* I regrettably remain Viennese through and through)

Mar
12
2010
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Mahler at the Konserthuset in Stockholm

The Stockholm Konserthuset’s Mahler series is in full swing, presenting all of Mahler’s orchestral works in just 12 days. Eight orchestras join together to present this tightly packed presentation of Mahler’s music. 

The series is accompanied by a large exhibition and a 200 page programme book, created together with Henry-Louis de La Grange.

Swedish Radio is recording all the symphonies, some of which will be broadcast live.

Feb
21
2010
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Lorin Maazel on Gustav Mahler

“I would never have asked him anything”

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

Maazel: The first time I conducted a movement of a Mahler symphony was in Tanglewood. I was a young conductor ”“ I was 20, I think ”“ and I conducted the first movement of Mahler’s 2nd, and that was my first contact with his music.

When did I first hear it? Well, sometime in my teens, rather late I would think. I was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony for three years; I played in the violin section, first as a 2nd and then as a 1st, and I do not remember ever having played a Mahler symphony during those three years.

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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
19
2010
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Mahler at the Southbank Centre

The Guardian introduces the Southbank Centre’s Mahler series for the coming season, including a complete cycle of the symphonies conducted by Lorin Maazel with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Southbank Centre embarks on major celebration for Mahler centenary
Charlotte Higgins – The Guardian

Feb
19
2010
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Feb
11
2010
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Mariss Jansons on Gustav Mahler

“With Mahler you have to give everything”

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

Jansons: I can’t remember the year exactly. I am not so young anymore that I can remember so many years ago [laughs]. I think it was approximately the end of the 50s or the beginning of the 60s, something like that, so I was probably around 16-18 years old.  I only remember that the first time I heard Mahler I was so impressed, it was like I was in heaven. Even though I was very young ”“ I think I was still studying at the music school or possibly already at the conservatory, I can’t say exactly ”“ but it made such a big impression on me; I was absolutely in heaven. And I understood that he was this genius, this great composer, and I suppose that when you are young in some ways you always think, ”˜that’s my composer’.

[...]

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)

Dec
14
2009
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Michael Gielen on Gustav Mahler

“Bernstein turned Mahler into kitsch”

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

Gielen: I remember very well. It was around 1956 in Vienna; Mitropoulos performed the 6th with the Vienna Philharmonic. I admired Mitropoulos very much; I was also his assistant at the opera.

I had read through the 6th, but I wouldn’t say that I knew it. As a conductor, I was still a beginner, but it was clear to me that the symphony was so under-rehearsed that it was barely recognisable. Of course it is a very complex work ”“ the third movement was wonderful, but the second turned out to be very problematic, due to the changes in metre and the syncopations ”“ and I would describe the finale as noise.

[...]

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)

Dec
14
2009
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New release – CSO/Haitink/Mahler 2

Naxos USA have informed us of the release of the new recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink.

For more information, see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website.

Nov
05
2009
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100 years ago today

Gustaf Mahler Unveils a New Philharmonic
The New York Times, Friday, 5 November, 1909

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