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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: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Kleiber, Ludwig, Kmentt
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Wiener Symphoniker  
Catalog: 7   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 7 / Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO
Release Date: 10/07/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002155002   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Wit, Warsaw National Po, Et Al
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550533   Number of Discs: 2
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Mahler: Lieder / Bernarda Fink
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902173   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 7 / Michael Halász, Polish National So
Release Date: 07/18/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550531   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Kindertotenlieder

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  • 26.
    Kirsten Flagstad Edition - The Decca Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001683102 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Sigvart Fotland,  Edwin McArthur
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Oivin Fjeldstad,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10130 Release Date: 04/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hertha Klust,  Gerald Moore,  Klaus Billing  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Herbert von Karajan,  Ferenc Fricsay
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  • 28.
    Kathleen Ferrier - The Complete EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56284 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Nel Duval  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Charles Bruck,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 29.
    Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; 5 Lieder
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 02298 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Christa [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Ludwig
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Vandernoot,  Otto Klemperer
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  • 30.
    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder / Kathleen Ferrier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6787222 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Maurice Greene  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Isobel Baillie
    Conductor:  Charles Bruck,  Bruno Walter
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Warner 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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    Stimme Der Sehnsucht / Christianne Stotijn, Joseph Breinl
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4075 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Pfitzner,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Christianne Stotijn,  Joseph Breinl
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 3 / Thomas, DeYoung, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Symphony
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 60045 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Michelle DeYoung
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Girls Chorus  ... 
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  • 35.
    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben; Brahms: Four Serious Songs / Ferrier
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1153 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  John Newmark
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Mahler: Lieder / Boulianne, Rivest, Ensemble Orford
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22665 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Alma Mahler
    Performer:  Julie Boulianne
    Conductor:  Jean-François Rivest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orford Ensemble
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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.
    Mahler: Songs Of A Wayfarer / Haselbock, Ryan
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9341 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hermine Haselböck,  Russell Ryan
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  • 39.
    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Ruckert-lieder / Karneus
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1600 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Katarina Karnéus
    Conductor:  Susanna Mälkki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Wagner: Wesendonck-lieder; Wolf: 3 Morike-lieder
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675392 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 41.
    Lorri Lail - Recordings 1941-1948
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10135 Release Date: 12/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Knut Hakanson,  Harald Fryklöf  ... 
    Performer:  Lorri Lail
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  • 42.
    Mahler: Symphony No 7, Kindertotenlieder / Sinopoli, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437851 Release Date: 12/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner 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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  • 44.
    Meet Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447578 Release Date: 06/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Wolfram,  Alison [Soprano Vocals] Hagley
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
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  • 45.
    Mahler: Lieder Cycles Arranged For Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60166 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens
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  • 46.
    Lieder Von Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms Und Richard Strauss
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93456 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hermann Schey,  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Christel Goltz
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  • 47.
    Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 3 - Brahms, Mahler / Anderson
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61891 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Marian Anderson
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Stanford University Chorus
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  • 48.
    Mahler, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms: Lieder / Kathleen Ferrier, Bruno Walter
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 380 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Icon - Janet Baker - The Beloved Mezzo
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08087 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Daniel Barenboim,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder / Bertini, Quasthoff, Hagegard, Et Al
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd
    Conductor:  Gary Bertini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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