Gustav Mahler

Biography

Born: July 7, 1860; Czech Republic   Died: May 18, 1911; Austria   Period: Romantic
"Imagine the universe beginning to sing and resound," Mahler wrote of his Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand." "It is no longer human voices; it is planets and suns revolving." Mahler was late Romantic music's ultimate big thinker. In his own lifetime he was generally regarded as a conductor who composed on the side, producing huge, bizarre symphonies accepted only by a cult following.

Born in 1860, in Kalischt, Bohemia, he came Read more from a middle-class family. He entered the Vienna Conservatory in 1875, studying piano, harmony, and composition in a musically conservative atmosphere. Nevertheless, he became a supporter of Wagner and Bruckner, both of whose works he would later conduct frequently, and became part of a social circle interested in socialism, Nietzschean philosophy, and pan-Germanism. Around 1880, he began conducting and wrote his first mature work, Das klagende Lied. Mahler's conducting career advanced rapidly, moving him from Kassel to Prague to Leipzig to Budapest; he was usually either greatly respected or thoroughly despised by the performers for his exacting rehearsals and perfectionism. In 1897 he became music director of the Vienna Court Opera and then, a year later, of the Vienna Philharmonic. Mahler's conducting career permitted composition only during the summers, in a series of "composing huts" he had built in picturesque rural locations. He completed his first symphony in 1888, but it met with utter audience incomprehension. He reserved this time for symphonies, all of them large-scale works, and song cycles. In Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), he merged the two forms into an immense song-symphony. The Viennese public largely failed to understand his music, but Mahler took their reactions calmly, accurately predicting that "My time will yet come." Meanwhile, his autocratic ways as a conductor alienated musicians. In 1901, the press and the musicians essentially forced his resignation from the Philharmonic. He married a young composition student, Alma Schindler in 1902, and they soon had two daughters. By 1907 Mahler was increasingly away from Vienna, conducting his own works, and thus he resigned from the opera as well. Just after accepting the position of principal conductor of New York's Metropolitan Opera, but before leaving Vienna, Mahler's older daughter, age 4, died from scarlet fever and diphtheria, and he learned he himself had a defective heart valve. In New York, he was impressed by the caliber of talent and quickly gained audience approval. In 1909 he became conductor of the New York Philharmonic, which he found much more agreeable than the opera work by this time. The following year, he had a triumphant premiere of his massive Symphony No. 8 in Munich. Despite the professional successes, his personal life suffered another blow when his and Alma's marriage began having problems. They stayed together, and after he became ill in February 1911, she saw to it that he made it back to Vienna, where he died on May 18.

The conductors Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Willem Mengelberg, and Maurice Abravanel kept Mahler's legacy alive, and Mahler's are now among the most recorded of any symphonies. His frequent incorporation of vocal elements into symphonic writing brought to full fruition a process that had begun with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, demonstrating his music's firm roots in the Germanic classical tradition. However, it was his huge tapestries of shifting moods and tones, ranging from tragedy to bitter irony (often explicitly indicated in performance directions), from café music to evocations of the sublime, that portended a century in which multiplicity ruled. Read less

Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Solti, Chicago [Blu-ray Audio]
Release Date: 02/11/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001993346   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Jurowski, Stotijn, Kucerova
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Lpo  
Catalog: 54   Number of Discs: 2
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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Jurowski, London PO
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Lpo  
Catalog: 70   Number of Discs: 2
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Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Mehta, Vienna Philharmonic [Blu-ray Audio]
Release Date: 02/11/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001993646   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Barshai, Moscow Radio So
Release Date: 12/07/1993   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 632   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Das Lied von der Erde

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  • 26.
    Kathleen Ferrier - In Memoriam
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Giorgio Favaretto
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Ludwig, Lewis, Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 482 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Richard Lewis,  Christa Ludwig
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Barenboim Conducts Richard Strauss, Mahler & Schoenberg
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564663163 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Charles Pikler,  Joseph Golan,  Li-Kuo Chang,  Ruben Gonzalez  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Kathleen Ferrier - The Complete Decca Recordings [14 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001654200 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Zoe Vlachopoulos,  Ann Ayars,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Thornton Lofthouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry,  Reginald Jacques,  Boyd Neel,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bach Choir  ... 
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  • 30.
    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790262 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Walter,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 31.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0139 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Set Svanholm,  Elena Nikolaidi
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Klemperer, Cavelti, Dermota, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0041 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Elsa Cavelti,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde /  Hans Graf, Houston Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572498 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Gregory Kunde,  Jane Henschel
    Conductor:  Hans Graf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen / Woods, Stout, Curtis, Guillory
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  David Stout,  Emma Curtis,  Brennen Guillory
    Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Albrecht, Rubens, Schafer, Morloc, Eiche
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 792 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sibylla Rubens,  Renée Morloc,  Markus Schäfer,  Markus Eiche
    Conductor:  Hansjörg Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Giulini, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1465 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Francisco Araiza
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    The Mahler Project / Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Michelle DeYoung,  Alexander Barantschik  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Girls Chorus  ... 
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  • 38.
    Schumann, Symphony No 4; Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kurt Sanderling
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5042 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Complete Mahler Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94493 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Doris Soffel,  Edith Mathis,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Southend Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 40.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675400 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 41.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde /  Gielen, Jerusalem, Kallisch
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93269 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Cornelia Kallisch,  Siegfried Jerusalem
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
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  • 42.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001550802 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 932769 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Michael Schade
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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  • 44.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Tilley, Sparks, Wiliams, Duraleigh Chamber Players
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3044 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Tim Sparks,  Ellen Williams
    Conductor:  Scott Tilley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duraleigh Chamber Players
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  • 45.
    Schubert: Symphony No 4; Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kubelik, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 820102 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Boyd, Manchester Camerata
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2195 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jane Irwin,  Peter Wedd
    Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Camerata
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  • 47.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde - Composer's Piano Version
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564681627 Release Date: 09/24/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Cyprien Katsaris
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  • 48.
    Kathleen Ferrier Sings Mahler
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1120 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Julius Patzak
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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  • 49.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Solti, Lipovsek, Moser
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440314 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek,  Thomas Moser
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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