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: Complete Symphonies / Wit, Halasz, Olson
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501502   Number of Discs: 15
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  • 76.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 1 With Blumine Movement / Judd, Florida Philharmonic
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1957118 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florida Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Mahler - The People's Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001501802 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Anna Larsson,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Zubin Mehta,  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Mahler: Symphony no 1, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 3 / Abbado, Wang [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057964 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 1 / Orozco-estrada, Tonkunstler Orchestra
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90784 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
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  • 80.
    Label: West Hill Radio Archives   Catalog: 160874 Release Date: 08/01/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Berl Senofsky,  John Corigliano,  Leopold Rybb,  Laszlo Varga  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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  • 81.
    Lucerne Festival 2009
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057968 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Wit, Halasz, Olson
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501502 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lynda Russell,  Ewa Podles,  Jadwiga Rappé,  Hanna Lisowska
    Conductor:  Robert Olson,  Michael Halász,  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Warsaw Boys' Choir,  Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 84.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Ruckert Lieder / Eschenbach, Schafer, Deutsches Symphonie Berlin
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5026 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
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  • 85.
    Mahler: The Symphonies / Leonard Bernstein [11-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001408102 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Kenneth Riegel,  Agnes Baltsa,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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  • 86.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Jonathan Nott, Bamberg Symphony
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7147 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42141 Release Date: 03/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 31002 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Alexander Joel
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  • 89.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Klaus Tennstedt, Chicago Sym Orch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54217 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Svetlanov, Russian State Federation Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564688862 Release Date: 12/22/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Natalia Gerassimova,  Olga Alexandrova,  Galina Borissova,  Alexei Martynov  ... 
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Russian Academic Chorus,  Moscow Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 91.
    The Inaugural Concert / Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001363809 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  John Adams
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1/ Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 In D Major / Nott, Bamberg So
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7147 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Bernard Haitink, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Cso Resound   Catalog: 901902 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    The Art of Bernard Haitink
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001267402 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 97.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Bernard Haitink, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Cso Resound   Catalog: 901904 Release Date: 03/02/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Dresden Philharmonic -  Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184522 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gerhard Rosenfeld  ... 
    Performer:  Mirka Pokorná,  Gustav Schmahl,  Annerose Schmidt,  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Horst Förster,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 In D / Haitink, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420936 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 332 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Njagul Tumangelov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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