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
Brahms, Schumann, Mahler: Piano Quartets /  Hope, Neubauer, Finckel, Han
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Klemperer Legacy - Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Bavarian RSO
Release Date: 09/10/2002   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 66867   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Myung-whun Chung, Seoul Philharmonic
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Mahler: Symphonies No  5 & 6  / Paavo Jarvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Leaper, Gran Canaria
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 433140   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"

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  • 126.
    Bartók: Piano Concerto No 3;  Mahler / Solti, Fischer, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 628041 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 127.
    4 Pleasure - Mahler: Symphonies, Lieder / Murray, Allen
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62395 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Thomas Allen
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Andrew Litton,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  David Litton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 128.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1, Etc / Solti, Et Al
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000292202 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 129.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1; Ives: Central Park / Gielen, Swr
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93097 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Berlioz: Requiem; Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Abravanel, Bressler, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1506 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Charles Bressler
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  University of Utah Civic Chorale
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  • 131.
    Label: Silverline   Catalog: 288238 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 6514 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
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  • 133.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1;  Sibelius: Valse Triste / Chmura, Etc
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Bruno Walter In Amsterdam
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 504 Release Date: 08/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Slatkin, St. Louis SO
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80066 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Mahler: Symphonies Nos 1 & 9 / Jansons, Oslo
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1270 Release Date: 04/07/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1; Reger: Ballet Suite / Jordan, Keilberth
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7495872 Release Date: 02/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Max Reger
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan,  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3666 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 139.
    Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler: Symphonies 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 07/14/2002   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Otto Edelmann,  Mimi Coertse,  Hilde Zadek  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 140.
    Mahler - The Complete Recordings / Sinopoli, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471451 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernd Weikl,  Iris Vermillion,  Keith Lewis,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Shinyukai Choir  ... 
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  • 141.
    Naxos Musical Journey - Mahler: Symphony No 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151024 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1, Ruckert Lieder / Ozawa, Fischer-Dieskau, Bohm
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469660 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Westminster - Mahler: Symphony No 1, Adagio / Scherchen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471246 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Classical Express - Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Judd, Florida Po
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 3957118 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florida Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Tennstedt, Mathis, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 74182 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Doris Soffel,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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  • 146.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458622 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1 & 5 / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469154 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80545 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 149.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95467 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Mahler: Symphonies 1 & 9, Etc / Masur, Hagegård, Nypo
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 21339 Release Date: 06/20/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Håkan Hagegård
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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Gustav Mahler


WORKS
1. Langsam. Schleppend
2. Kräftig bewegt
3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
4. Stürmisch bewegt
1. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt - Plötzlich schneller. Leidenschaftlich. Wild - Tempo I)
2. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz - Bedeutend langsamer - Tempo I subito
3. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell)
4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
5. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Der Einsame im Herbst
Von der Jugend
Von der Schönheit
Der Trunkene im Frühling
Der Abschied
Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n
Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
Wenn dein Mütterlein
Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
In diesem Wetter
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1999 Digital Remaster): I: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1999 Digital Remaster): II: Ging heut' Morgen übers Feld
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1999 Digital Remaster): III: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1999 Digital Remaster): IV: Die zwei blauen Augen
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro Maestoso
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Andante moderato
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): Wieder sehr breit
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): Ritardando...Maestoso
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): Wieder zurückaltend
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): Langsam. Misterioso
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): Etwas bewegter
Symphony No.2 in C minor ("Resurrection") (2000 Digital Remaster): Mit Aufschwung aber nicht eilen
1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen - Recht gemächlich
2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
3. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio)
4. Sehr behaglich: "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden"
Andante comodo
Etwas frischer
(Horns)
Mit Wut. Allegro risoluto
(Brass)
Bewegter
Wie von Anfang
Ploetzlich bedeutend langsamer (Lento) und leise
Im Tempo eines gemaechlichen Laendlers. Etwas taeppisch und sehr derb
Poco più mosso subito (Tempo II)
Tempo III
A tempo II
Tempo I
Tempo II
Tempo I. subito
Rondo-Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig.
L'istesso tempo
Sempre l'istesso tempo
L'istesso tempo
(Clarinets)
Tempo I subito
Più stretto
Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurueckhaltend
Ploetzlich wieder sehr langsam (wie zu Anfang) und etwas zoegernd
Molto adagio subito
A tempo (Molto adagio)
Stets sehr gehalten
Fliessender, doch durchaus nicht eilend
Tempo I. Molto adagio
Adagissimo
1. Kräftig. Entschieden
1. - Langsam. Schwer
1. - Tempo I
1. - a tempo
1. - Immer dasselbe Tempo. (Marsch.) Nicht eilen
1. - Im alten Marschtempo (Allegro Moderato)
1. - Tempo I
2. Tempo di minuetto. Sehr mäßig
2. - A tempo. (Wie im Anfang)
2. - Ganz ploetzlich gemaechlich. Tempo di Menuetto
3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
3.- Wieder sehr gemaechlich, wie zu Anfang
3.- Sehr gemächlich (Posthorn)
3.- Tempo I
3.- Wieder sehr gemaechlich, beinahe langsam
4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso: "O Mensch! Gib acht!" 'O Mensch! Gib acht'
4.- Più mosso subito
5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: "Bimm Bamm. Es sungen drei Engel"
6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
6.- Nicht mehr so breit
6.- Tempo I. Ruhevoll
6.- a tempo (Etwas bewegter)
6.- Tempo I
6.- Langsam. Tempo I