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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: 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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Mahler: Symphony No 3, Etc / Wit, Polish Radio Symphony
Release Date: 10/24/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550525-26   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"

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  • 76.
    Mahler: 10 Symphonies / Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447023 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Ozawa, Te Kanawa, Horne, Boston Sym
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420824 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 78.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Ozawa, Saito Kinen Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2566 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Emiko Suga
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Shinyukai Choir
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  • 79.
    Mahler Symphony No 2; Haydn: Symphony No 86 / Schuricht
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93139 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hanni Mack-Cosack,  Hertha Töpper
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Stuttgart Bach Choir
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  • 80.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Solti, Buchanan, Zakai, Chicago Sym
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 410202 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Mira Zakai,  Isobel Buchanan
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Label: Relief Classical   Catalog: 991069 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
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  • 82.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Mentzer, Robinson, Järvi
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4432 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Twyla Robinson,  Susanne Mentzer
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riverside Church Choir New York,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Members,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra Members  ... 
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  • 83.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Luisi, Oelze, Fujimura, Et Al
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 608 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Mihoko Fujimura
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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  • 84.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1-10, Das Klagende Lied, Etc / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 00721 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Peter Seiffert,  Thomas Hampson,  Helena Döse,  Alfreda Hodgson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 85.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Norrington, Rubens, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93166 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Iris Vermillion,  Sibylla Rubens
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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  • 86.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Solti, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000897602 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Heather Harper
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Vision Mahler - Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Bychkov
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101421 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Yvonne Naef,  Karina Gauvin
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Chorus,  West German Radio Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus
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  • 88.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Walter, Forrester, Stader, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Maureen Forrester
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Zinman, Banse, Larsson, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 87157 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anna Larsson,  Juliane Banse
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Schweizer Chamber Chorus
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  • 90.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Boulez, Damrau, Lang
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054418 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Petra Lang
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Carl Schuricht Collection - Historical Recordings 1950-1966
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93140 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry McDaniel,  Clara Haskil,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt  ... 
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  • 92.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Fischer, Remmert, Milne, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 23506 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lisa Milne,  Birgit Remmert
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Haitink, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000654009 Release Date: 07/04/2006  
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Jard Van Nes
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ernst Senff Choir
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  • 94.
    Mahler Symphony No 2 / Boulez, Vienna PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000668402 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Michelle DeYoung,  Christine Schäfer
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 95.
    Mahler: Symphonies 1-10, Etc / Bertini, Kölner Rundfunk
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40238 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ben Heppner,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Florence Quivar,  Paul Frey  ... 
    Conductor:  Gary Bertini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Little Singers Of Tokyo,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 96.
    Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 10
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463738 Release Date: 01/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Franz Crass,  Martina Arroyo,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Motet Choir,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 97.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Mahler I: Symphonies 1-4, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532202 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Christa Ludwig,  Barbara Hendricks,  Helmut Wittek  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brooklyn Boys Chorus  ... 
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  • 98.
    Mahler: The Symphonies / Chailly, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000482702 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Melanie Diener,  Petra Lang,  Barbara Bonney,  Peter Mattei  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Netherlands Children's Choir  ... 
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  • 99.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1-9, Adagio / Michael Gielen
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93130 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Cornelia Kallisch,  Christine Whittlesey,  Wolfgang Hock  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  European Soloists Academy,  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw  ... 
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  • 100.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2;  Mozart / Klemperer, Baker, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1348 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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