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 / Davis, Bavarian Radio
Release Date: 08/28/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109113   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Lan Shui, Ning Liang, Et Al
Release Date: 11/27/2007   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1547   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Gilbert, Royal Stockholm Po
Release Date: 09/29/2009   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1710   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Barshai, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Release Date: 02/09/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93719   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Arr. Schoenberg)… / Pinnock
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 481   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"

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  • 51.
    Mahler: The Symphonies / Abravanel, Utah Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 182 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Beverly Sills,  Florence Kopleff,  Christina Krooskos,  Netania Davrath  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  University of Utah Civic Chorale,  University of Utah Civic Chorale Women's Voices  ... 
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  • 52.
    Mahler: Symphonies 1 - 7 / Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058574 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang,  Anna Larsson,  Eteri Gvazava,  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 53.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Levine, Kilduff, Ludwig, Israel Philharmonic
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9634 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Barbara Kilduff,  Christa Ludwig
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Choir Rinat,  IHUD Choir  ... 
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  • 54.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Rattle, Kozena, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 47363 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Kate Royal,  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 55.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Steinberg, Cologne Radio Symphony
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Annie Delorie,  Stefania Woytowicz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Chorus,  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3148 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
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  • 57.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2 / Jansons, Fink, Merbeth, Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 10102 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Ricarda Merbeth
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Abbado, Larsson, Gvazana [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053264 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anna Larsson,  Eteri Gvazava
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra
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  • 60.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ' Resurrection'  / Klemperer, Wiener Symphoniker
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1456 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ilona Steingruber,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy Chamber Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Seiji Ozawa - Anniversary [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001464002 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Everett Firth,  Simon Preston,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Nott, Bamberg
    Label: Telos   Catalog: 7158 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lioba Braun,  Anne Schanewilms
    Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Chorus,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 492 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 38667 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Eva Martón
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Haitink
    Label: Cso Resound   Catalog: 901914 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Miah Persson,  Christianne Stotijn
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 745369 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Gwenyth Annear,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Anna Reynolds  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Mahler: Symphonie No 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415959 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Rosalind Plowright
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 72.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2;  Constant: 24 Preludes For Orchestra / Bernstein, Monmart, Dominguez, Et Al
    Label: Radio France   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Marius Constant
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Eschenbach, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1134 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Simona Saturová,  Yvonne Naef
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Singers,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 In C Minor
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 666 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Elena Mosuc,  Zlata Bulycheva
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Joseph Cullen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6595 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Chorus,  Latvian State Academic Choir
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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)
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Der Einsame im Herbst
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Von der Jugend
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Von der Schönheit
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Der Trunkene im Frühling
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 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