Jul
08
2009
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Mahler at the Proms

This year’s BBC Proms have a number of concerts of Mahler’s music. Matthias Goerne, Jonathan Nott, David Robertson, Dawn Upshaw, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly take their respective turns on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.

The works being performed are:

Kindertotenlieder – Prom 65
Des Knaben Wunderhorn – selection – PCM 13
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – Prom 76
Symphony No.4 – Prom 59
Symphony No.6 – Prom 28
Symphony No.9 – Prom 5
Symphony No.10 (compl. Cooke) – Prom 69

All concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 (available online).

Jul
07
2009
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Mahler in Texas 2010

The Austin Symphony Orchestra in Texas informs us of their forthcoming performances of Mahler’s Blumine and the Symphony No. 1.

Peter Bay conducts on 14 and 15 May 2010 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas.

Jul
07
2009
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Oskar Fried conducting Mahler in 1936

Arbiter Records have released a CD of a live recording of Oskar Fried conducting Von der Schönheit from Das Lied von der Erde in 1936 (with Astra Desmond, alto, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra).

Fried’s relationship with Mahler is outlined in the comprehensive liner notes.

“And I confess I liked him immediately.” (Oskar Fried on Gustav Mahler)

Jul
06
2009
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New York Philharmonic Performance History

The New York Philharmonic (Mahler’s orchestra from 1909-1911) has launched an online database of their whole performance history.

Use the search to find the first concert Mahler gave at the Philharmonic (Sunday 29 November 1908, 3pm!) and see even the works performed in each concert.

On the Philharmonic’s Mahler Symphonies page you can also view their historic score of Mahler’s 1st Symphony (takes a while to load, but it’s worth it).

Jun
23
2009
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Pierre Boulez on Gustav Mahler

“One cannot refer to the biography to explain the music”

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

Boulez: I think so. In France he was not performed at all when I was young. But it was the 4th Symphony, and I remember being surprised by the Schellen [sleigh bells] because it was very unusual to hear such a sound, especially at the beginning of a symphony. Paul Kletzki was conducting.

And then the other time I heard Mahler, that was Das Lied von der Erde [The Song of the Earth], performed in 1952. I don’t know if that was for the first time in France, but it was the first time I saw it programmed there. Although I don’t remember the performers, it was very impressive.

[...]

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)

Jun
23
2009
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Concertgebouworkest – Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies

The Concertgebouworkest is presenting Gustav Mahler’s symphonies 1-10 and Das Lied von der Erde in Amsterdam from 2009-2011. The list of conductors is a who’s who of contemporary masters, including Harding, Jansons, Boulez, Gatti and Haitink.

See the Concertgebouworkest’s Mahler pages.

Jun
23
2009
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Jonathan Nott on Gustav Mahler

“Frozen for eternity in death”

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

Nott: Yes. I actually came across Mahler when I was eight years old, singing in the boys choir in Worcester Cathedral; it was Mahler’s 8th.

Was Mahler part of the repertoire when you discovered his symphonies in the UK?

Nott: I wouldn’t say I discovered them ”“ apart from the 8th ”“ I just had much more experience of the 8th than anything else. I wasn’t really a concert-goer.

I grew up in the Midlands, in Worcester; there were concerts, but it wasn’t like being in Vienna or even London. There were very few opportunities to experience a Mahler symphony, therefore I think my first encounters were in mainland Europe ”“ Frankfurt, where I ended up in the late 80s.

[...]

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)

Jun
22
2009
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Orchestre des Champs-Élysées on tour

The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées is performing Mahler’s 4th Symphony on tour in March 2010. Concerts will take place in

Poitiers (F) TAP March 6th
Ravenna (IT) March 8th
Grenoble (F) MC2 March 11th
Bruxelles (B) Palais des Beaux-Arts March 14th
Rotterdam (NL) De Doelen March 16th

Philippe Herreweghe conducts. See the orchestra’s website nearer the date for more information.

Jun
22
2009
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Mahler Festival in Stockholm

The Konserthuset in Stockholm tells us of its forthcoming Mahler Festival in March 2010.

All symphonies are being performed in a row, by The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as well as by guest orchestras from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Several of the song cycles will also be perfomed in chamber versions.

Download the Konserthuset’s Swedish Mahler Brochure
Mahler’s Universe in 12 Days

Use the historical search at the Konserthuset’s website to see the first Mahler performances in Stockholm.

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