Oct
15
2009
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David Zinman on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler is a universe in itself”

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

Zinman: Yes I do, but I didn’t know it was Mahler at the time. It was in New York City when I was about 13 years old, and I was taken to a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic there which Mitropoulos was conducting.

After that, I heard some Mahler on the radio, conducted by Bruno Walter. I just thought, yes, this is great music. Then of course the most important time for me was when I finally left America and went to England, where I heard Horenstein conduct the 3rd Symphony and Solti conducting the 4th, and many conductors were beginning to play more and more Mahler ”“ this was in ’60 and ’61. Then I moved to Holland, where there is a great Mahler tradition of course, and I got to hear all the symphonies conducted by Haitink, who was very young. And I also conducted some Mahler myself; the first time I conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, I put some of the Rückert-Lieder on the programme. And once, when I replaced Haitink in a concert, I did all of Des Knaben Wunderhorn [The Boy’s Magic Horn] with Jessye Norman. So I was becoming more and more steeped in Mahler, and when I got my own orchestra ”“ the Rochester Philharmonic ”“ I started to do all the symphonies, and then when I went to Baltimore, I did all the symphonies there as well, sometimes twice. And now here in Zurich I am doing them all again.

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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)

Oct
15
2009
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Österreiches Ehrenkreuz für Henry-Louis de la Grange

(German only)

Österreichs Kulturministerin Dr. Claudia Schmied hat dem französischen Musikhistoriker Henry-Louis de la Grange das Österreichische Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst 1. Klasse verliehen.

“Im Jahr seines 85. Geburtstages und unmittelbar vor den Gustav Mahler Gedenkjahren 2010/2011 ist eine Anerkennung seiner Leistungen durch Österreich ein angebrachter Dank für seinen unermüdlichen Einsatz für Gustav Mahler und die Musik”.

Pressemitteilung der APA

Médiathèque Musicale Mahler

Oct
13
2009
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Zubin Mehta on Gustav Mahler

“I would love to ask him a thousand questions”

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

Mehta: That was in Bombay. It was a recording of the 4th, conducted by Bruno Walter, and the singer was Désirée von Halban. As a youngster, perhaps this was a good start, because the 4th looks at the world through the eyes of a child. I was not a child, I was a teenager, but the music was immediately accessible.

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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)

Oct
09
2009
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Gustavo Dudamel’s Inaugaral Concert in Los Angeles

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel gave his inaguaral concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic yesterday, including a performance of Mahler’s 1st Symphony.

Listen to the a recording of the concert online, courtesy of NPR radio.

Sep
28
2009
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BBC Building a Library: Das Lied von der Erde

This week’s Building a Library programme from BBC Radio 3 concerns itself with Mahler’s Lied von der Erde.

Stephen Johnson examins the available recordings of Das Lied von der Erde and makes his own personal recommendation.

The programme can be heard online until this Saturday, 3rd Oct. Skip forward 26 minutes to hear the section.

Sep
22
2009
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Mahler’s Fourth for Chamber Orchestra in Italy

The Orchestra della Toscana will give the Italian premiere of Mahler’s 4th Symphony in the reduced version by Klaus Simon. Isaac Karabtchevsky conducts, the soloist is Monica Bacelli.

Dates:

25 Feb 2010 ”“ Firenze, Teatro Verdi

27 Feb 2010 ”“ Suzzara (Mantova), Auditorium

1 March 2010 ”“ Empoli, Teatro Excelsior

2 March ”“ Poggibonsi, Teatro Politeama

Full season programme

Programme note for 25 Feb

Sep
16
2009
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Mahler and the Sydney Symphony in 2010

“For me, there’s no point trying to describe Mahler’s music, because genius is beyond description. The thing is to listen, and I hope you will join me on this journey, to experience this musical odyssey.”
Vladimir Ashkenazy on the forthcoming Sydney Symphony season.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2010 season, including an impressive “Mahler Odyssey 2010-2011″. Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts six separate programs in the first year of celebrations:

Program 1: Mahler 1 (10 ”“ 13 February)

Program 2: Mahler 8 (18 & 20 February)

Program 3: Mahler 5 (20 ”“ 22 May)

Program 4: Mahler’s Song of the Earth (26, 28 & 29 May)

Program 5: Mahler 4 (24, 26 & 27 November)

Program 6: Mahler 3 (2 ”“ 4 December)

All concerts are at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. See also the full season brochure of the Sydney Symphony.

Program 1: Mahler 1 (10 ”“ 13 February)
MAHLER Blumine
MAHLER Songs of a Wayfarer
MAHLER Symphony No.1
Program 2: Mahler 8 (18 & 20 February)
MAHLER Symphony No.8 (Symphony of a Thousand)
Program 3: Mahler 5 (20 ”“ 22 May)
MAHLER Symphony No.5
Program 4: Mahler’s Song of the Earth (26, 28 & 29 May)
MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: Overture
MAHLER The Song of the Earth
Program 5: Mahler 4 (24, 26 & 27 November)
MAHLER Symphony No.4
Program 6: Mahler 3 (2 ”“ 4 December)
MAHLER Symphony No.3
Sep
09
2009
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Markus Stenz conducts Mahler

In the coming season, Markus Stenz is conducting Mahler’s music with different orchestras in Europe and the USA. Here is a selection of the forthcoming concerts.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sinfonie No. 4
03.12.2009
05.12.2009
Chicago, Symphony Center

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Beyond the Score ®
Sinfonie No. 4
04.12.2009
06.12.2009
Chicago, Symphony Center

Hallé Orchestra
Sinfonie No. 2
28.01.2010
Manchester, The Bridgewater Hall

Hallé Orchestra
Blumine
Sinfonie No. 4
18.02.2010
Manchester, The Bridgewater Hall

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Blumine
09.04.2010
Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Sinfonie No. 3
04.07.2010
05.07.2010
06.07.2010
Cologne, Philharmonie

Sep
04
2009
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Orchestre de Paris and Mahler’s 3rd Symphony

The Orchestre de Paris opens its 2009-2010 season with Christoph Eschenbach conducting Mahler’s 3rd Symphony (16 and 17 September, Salle Pleyel Paris).

View the Orchestre de Paris’ video interview (in French) with Alain Galliari, director of the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler in Paris.

See also our video interview with Christoph Eschenbach on the music of Gustav Mahler.

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