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: Songs (Arranged by Schoenberg)
Release Date: 10/14/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573536   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550528   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 / Michael Halász, Polish National Rso
Release Date: 12/13/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550522   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Halász, Donose, Harper
Release Date: 10/24/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550933   Number of Discs: 1
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Adagio Mahler: Adagietto From The Fifth Symphony, Etc
Release Date: 05/13/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8552243   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Maazel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42310 Release Date: 03/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Sir John Barbirolli - The Great EMI Recordings - 40th Anniversary
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57767 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Giacomo Puccini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  André Navarra
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49888 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler: Symphonies 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 02/19/2010   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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  • 83.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Barshai, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93719 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Stenz, Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 650 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108052 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Andreas Ottl
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 86.
    Mahler: Sinfonie No. 5
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98800 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
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  • 87.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Saraste, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 91445 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8007 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416469 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 /  Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425438 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 In C Sharp Minor / Jaap Van Zweden
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Basics 25-cd Boxset
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 186002 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 93.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5
    Label: Basics   Catalog: 185502 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Günther Herbig
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  • 94.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Neumann, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1433 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Walter, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 47683 Release Date: 04/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 96.
    Label: Relief Classical   Catalog: 991070 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
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  • 97.
    Birthday Edition - Daniel Barenboim The Conductor - Scriabin, Wagner, Mahler, Schumann, Beethoven, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 361788 Release Date: 12/04/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Kinan Azmeh,  Sharon Polyak,  Mor Biron,  Mohamed Saleh  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Dudamel, Bolívar Youth Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000983702 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
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  • 99.
    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:  Birgit Remmert,  Simon Keenlyside,  Amanda Roocroft,  Soile Isokoski  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 100.
    Lucerne Festival Orchestra - The First Five Years
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2000078 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Claude Debussy,  Anton Bruckner,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rachel Harnisch,  Eteri Gvazava,  Alfred Brendel,  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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