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: Symphony No 9 / Fischer, Budapest Festival
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Brahms, Schumann, Mahler: Piano Quartets /  Hope, Neubauer, Finckel, Han
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Kindertotenlieder / Tennstedt, NDR Symphony
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Catalog: 13058   Number of Discs: 2
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Elder, Halle Orchestra
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Chamber Version / Manning, Jamieson, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
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Catalog: 6300   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 9 in D major

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  • 101.
    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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  • 102.
    Mahler: Symphony no 9 / Sir John Barbirolli, Berlin PO
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67926 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Claudio Abbado, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471624 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Bruno Walter, Vienna Po
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9708 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95471 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Philips 50 - Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Haitink
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464714 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  John Shirley-Quirk
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Hans Zender Edition Vol 7 - Mahler: Symphony No 9, Lieder
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999479 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Brigitte Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Hans Zender
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9; Schubert: Symphony No 8 / Giulini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463609 Release Date: 03/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9;  Hartmann: Adagio / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458902 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9, Das Lied Von Der Erde / Haitink
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462299 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  James King
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Songs / Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459080 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  James King,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Gerti Zeumer  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 115.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72941 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Hans Sotin,  Nadine Denize,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 116.
    Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 9
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60597 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 117.
    Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler: Symphonies 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Giuseppe Zampieri,  Hermann Prey,  Lucretia West,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 118.
    Mahler: Symphonie No 9 / Boulez, Chicago So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457581 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9, Lieder / Karajan, Ludwig, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453040 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Mahler: Symphony No. 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550535-36 Release Date: 01/03/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 121.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Giuseppe Sinopoli, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445817 Release Date: 08/25/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Horenstein Conducts Mahler - Symphony No 9, Etc
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5509 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Norman Foster
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Conducts And Talks About Mahler 9
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64452 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Neumann, Gewandhausorchester
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2187 Release Date: 11/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Karajan Gold - Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439024 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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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