Gustav Mahler


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. 6 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 04/06/2018   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2266   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Bavarian Radio Symphony
Release Date: 04/06/2018   Label: Br Klassik  
Catalog: 900714   Number of Discs: 11
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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: Symphony No. 5 / DePreist, London Symphony
Release Date: 12/12/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557990   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Kondrashin, SWR Orchestra Baden-Baden
Release Date: 04/13/2018   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 19416   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto

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  • 76.
    Classics At The Movies
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4761226 Release Date: 10/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Giacomo Puccini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Isador Goodman,  Yvonne Kenny,  Jane Sheldon,  Lauris Elms  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Thomas,  Wlodzimierz Kamirski,  William Motzing,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantillation
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  • 77.
    Classical Moments - Classical Music For Love
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555358 Release Date: 03/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anatole Liadov,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
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  • 78.
    From Haydn To Mahler / Bruno Walter, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2017/18 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Movie Adagios / Solti, Tebaldi, Lupu, Schiff, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468506 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giacomo Puccini,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Renée Fleming,  Dietfried Gürtler  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Nick Ingman,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 80.
    Bride Of The Wind - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469584 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Endelman,  Gustav Mahler,  Alma Mahler,  János Bihari
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pedja Muzijevic,  Lalan J. Parrott
    Conductor:  Frantisek Preisler Jr.,  Pierre Boulez,  Lakatos Róbert,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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  • 81.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 82.
    Romantic Adagios
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466710 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz,  Marie Goossens,  Jascha Silberstein,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    Mahler: Symphony No 4; Adagietto / Tennstedt, Popp, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73706 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lucia Popp
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Cinema Classics, Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503066 Release Date: 08/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gustav Mahler,  Samuel Barber  ... 
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  • 85.
    Sounds Of Excellence - Nature's Classical Relaxation
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 641 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Samuel Barber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 86.
    Bernstein - Reaching For The Note
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459552 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus König,  June Anderson,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Sarah Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ion Marin,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic members,  Orchestre de Paris members,  London Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 87.
    Discover The Classics Volume 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554246-47 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Malcolm Arnold,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Prionnsias O'Duinn,  Andrew Penny,  Michael Halász,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta,  Queensland Symphony Orchestra,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    Transfiguration - Beethoven, Mahler, Schoenberg / Slowik
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77374 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Kenneth Slowik,  Willem Mengelberg,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smithsonian Chamber Players,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Adagio 2 - Telemann, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553841 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Aram Khachaturian,  Franz Berwald,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Ludovít Kanta,  Herbert Weissberg,  Béla Bánfalvi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Andrei Anikhanov,  Okko Kamu,  Robert Stankovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Gustav Mahler / Uri Caine: Urlicht / Primal Light
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 06/23/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Uri Caine
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  • 91.
    Adventures In Early Music
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 68859 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Anonymous,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Wieland Kuijken,  Robert Kohnen,  Barthold Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Junghänel,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Gustav Leonhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Köln,  Collegium Aureum,  Sequentia  ... 
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  • 92.
    Adagio Mahler: Adagietto From The Fifth Symphony, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552243 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ewa Podles
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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  • 93.
    After Hours Classics Vol 4 - Orchestra Plays Adagio
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 423 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Huang Zi,  Takashi Yoshimatsu,  Anton Bruckner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruckner Orchester Linz,  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Schubert/Mahler: Death And The Maiden;  Mahler / Mito Co
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61970 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mito Chamber Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Adagio / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445282 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Leon Spierer,  Michel Schwalbé,  Frank Maus
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 96.
    The Joy Of Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445486 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  June Anderson,  Sarah Walker,  Klaus König  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Children's Choir,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 97.
    Leonard Bernstein - A Tribute
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46701 Release Date: 12/27/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  William Vacchiano,  Leonard Bernstein,  John-Paul Bogart
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic Chorus
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