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Gustav Mahler

July 7, 1860 - May 18, 1911
born in Kalischt, Czech Republic, composed during the Romantic period
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was a composer and conductor of the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose career was centered largely in Vienna. A youthful supporter of Wagner and Bruckner, he absorbed aspects of their music in his semi-autobiographical works, adopting their adventurous harmonies and large-scale forms. Mahler's style is notable for its extreme emotions, from triumphant and joyous to sardonic and funereal moods. Between 1888 and his death, Mahler composed 10 symphonies (the last was left unfinished), and several song cycles, of which Kindertotenlieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and the symphonic Das Lied von der Erde are the best known. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Great Recordings Of The Century - Janet Baker Sings Mahler / Barbirolli, et al

Title: Kindertotenlieder, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Rückert Lieder, Song Collection For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Rückert Lieder No. 3)
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Track List: Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 9

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 9 In D Major
Disc 2
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Track List: Mahler - Symphony No.8 In E Flat 'symphony Of A Thousand'

Title: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat Major ("Symphony Of A Thousand")
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Track List: Mahler Lieder: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Title: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Kindertotenlieder, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Song Cycle (12) For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Rückert Lieder, Song Collection For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Ruckert-Lieder, Kindertotenlieder / Garben, Komatsu

Title: Kindertotenlieder, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Rückert Lieder, Song Collection For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: Mahler: Orchesterlieder

Title: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Kindertotenlieder, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Rückert Lieder, Song Collection For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: Mahler: Symphonie No. 7

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor ("Song Of The Night")
Disc 2
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Track List: Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 10 In F Sharp Minor (incomplete)
Title: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat Major ("Symphony Of A Thousand")
Disc 2
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Track List: Mahler: Symphony No7

Title: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor ("Song Of The Night")
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Track List: Mahler: The Complete Symphonies

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Titan")
Title: Symphony No. 10 In F Sharp Minor (incomplete)
Disc 2
Title: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor ("Resurrection")
Disc 3
Title: Adagietto, For Orchestra (from The Symphony No. 5)
Title: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat Major ("Symphony Of A Thousand")
Disc 4
Title: Symphony No. 3 in D minor
Disc 5
Title: Ich Atmet' Einen Linden Duft, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra) In D Major (Rückert Lieder No. 2)
Title: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Rückert Lieder No. 3)
Title: Um Mitternacht, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra) In B Minor (Rückert Lieder No. 4)
Title: Das Irdische Leben, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra) In B Flat Minor (Des Knaben Wunderhorn No. 5)
Title: Kindertotenlieder, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Disc 6
Title: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Disc 7
Title: Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor
Disc 8
Title: Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic")
Disc 9
Title: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor ("Song Of The Night")
Disc 10
Title: Kindertotenlieder, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat Major ("Symphony Of A Thousand")
Disc 11
Disc 12
Title: Symphony No. 9 In D Major

Comments

Mahler, how I wish could have been there to hear your symphonies first performances !
Great performance by Otto Klemperer in this 1st movement of Mahler's 2nd. I would love to buy this recording, I hope it's available somewhere. Awesome music!
Symphony No. 2 is complex, beautiful, serene and violent. Good job Mahler.
sacredfun6
Genius, emotion, and fearlessness in music... ecstatic and heartbreakin g .
I did find Mahler on a plane to Europe and enjoyed symphony #1 five times .
Mahler >>>
lkgrebnel
no one like Mahler
Gustav Mahler had hot old lady!
lkgrebnel
It truly would be a gift to hear all of them--a Mahler Day. Can't afford to buy, would that I could. . .
Symphony No. 9 In D Major: Im Tempo Eines Gemachlichen Landlers

by Gustav Mahler
on Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; Symphony No9
Is not complete By the way Pandora
vienna97
Knowing what I do about Gustav, Alma, and the tragic deaths of his children, I am eternally thankful Mahler was able to immerse himself in his own creative cosmos---it was this spiritual safe-haven which he could go to during summer vacations which ultimately brought us, enriched us, and transforms us to this day.
meirbank
im not an expert, but this guy is the best.
vanhall12
Has anybody noticed how 9th Symphonies loom large in the works of major symphonic composers? Viz. Beethoven's Ninth, Mahler's Ninth, and Shoshtakovit c h ' s Ninth. Ludwig didn't make it past his Ninth, much to his glory; both Gustav & Dmitri tried for a Tenth and neither just didn't seem to work out. I'm 72; can't wait for my ninth decade. Kick a**.
myerspercuss i o n
I have to say, given the magnitude of Mahler and his importance in the body of classical music, it's pathetic that his bio is about 1/10 of Lada Gaga or Justin Bieber and other auditory crap. I guess even Pandora follows the money. And we wonder why some of the great symphonies (in the US) are going out of business. So sad. Worthy of a Mahler's 11th symphony
I live in the Bay Area and have attended all performances of this Mahler series in person. The final movement of the Titan knocked me out of my seat. I was transported to another plane of existence.
tthferry
I have loved the 3rd symphony since I was a teenager! Then when I had a house that looked over the Colorado rockies with outdoor speakers I would turn it up and get a sense of creation and life from seveal senses.
His 6th, 9th and 10th are on my list of the 20 greatest.
jwwc99
Only in music do we achieve humanity. It is not impending death or family trama, but survival which Mahler offers to those who wait and listen as he speaks to us in his music. What a joy.
myerspercuss i o n
As a critic once said: Mahler's music is better than it sounds. For some it's an acquired taste. But what a taste. I love the comment below that M's music is an auditory feast. 1 suggestion: Put a day aside & listen to Symphonies 1-9 non-stop. It's actually 1 enormous symphony, with the 9th a fitting denouement to the orgasmic 8th... written by a man who (a) knew he was dying, (b) had recently lost a young, beloved daughter and (c) lost a philandering wife. Exquisite passion.
In the Pandora biography of Mahler, no mention is made of Leonard Bernstein the great NY Phil conductor who was also a huge Mahler proponent in 60's and 70's.
I mentioned Berg's Piano Sonata Op. 1 because the autumnal style and post-romanti c complexities remind me of the first movement of the Mahler's Ninth, one of my four favorite pieces by him (the other three being Kindertotenl i e d e r , Das Lied von der Erde and his Last Songs on Ruckert (''Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen'').
I know what you mean, but I wouldn't call Webern, Berg, Hindemith, Bartok or Stravinsky simpler than Mahler. In fact all of those composers are more complex than he is contrapuntal l y . I consider Berg Mahler's heir, particularly in his Piano Sonata, op. 1 and his final work, the Violin Concerto, a kind of instrumental requiem dedicated to the daughter of Alma Mahler (''to the memory of an Angel''). Really, there's never been anyone like Mahler before or since.
fiskmonkey
After Mahler, music has eroded gradually... b e c o m i n g simpler and simpler with each passing generation.

Simple isn't necessarily bad, it's just alot easier.
Mahler's Second Symphony also called Resurrection rocks
the 9th is his best hands down
love his a minor quartet
a.nevarez82
the 9th is amazing. well so is the 6th
The 4th when I am happy..that Symphony locks it in
Love his Sixth. It sucks me in...
ezramon17
The greatest symphonist of all time, whose 'time has indeed come.'
ezramon17
Watch Jim Jarmusche's Coffee & Cigarettes, where, at the end, a fellow hallucinates Mahler's Ruckert's saddest and most beautiful sone ever written.
met_scannon
Exquisite
I have never played in an orchestra because I was always in a wind band trombonist. However, if I ever get a chance to read through a Mahler symphony, I am sure I would get the lifetime experience of the orchestral genre. Amazing music!
schm522
I've not heard anything so magnificent as Mahler. I can't believe I'm just discovering him.
A Mahler symphony is a lot like a book. It's a story told from start to finish without a constant repitition of themes. In Beethoven, you hear a melody or phrase repeated throughout each movement. You don't get that with Mahler. It just rolls along telling the story without looking back.
lkgrebnel
Gustav Mahler grabs you by the neck and takes you there--wheth e r you want to or not. Van Damm conveys Ruckert-Lied e r like no one else that I've heard. Such gifts make life almost--unde r s t a n d a b l e . . .
nationstates u s e r
I love his stuff. I may buy some recordings soon.
It is not easy to listen to Mahler and not get kind of big-time poignant, deep, complex feelings if one is REALLY listening and has a sensitive nature. Mahler's music is ALWAYS deep, emotional and poignant, never too dreary, never too bright and optimistic, always probing, thoughtful, reflective, turbulent, emotional and intensely heartfelt, and comes from someone who, in large measure, is much the same way, a very emotional, complex, sober-minded , deep man. I have the highest respect for him.
westside-al
I don't know how the human mind can conceive of this stuff!
if one listens to music when s/he wants to chat with his/her heart and soul, then Mahler demonstrated a natural, naked, and unrestrained way to do it. the way of the best.
Mahler's music has the rare ability to touch the listener's heart and soul at the same time, and hold onto them for an hour (+/-). True, there are other composers whose music has similar qualities, but Mahler is one of the very best.
IF THEY DO NOT PLAY MAHLER IN HEAVEN I WANT TO GO WHERE THEY DO!!!!
WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN MAHLER TO LISTEN TO HIS 4TH SYMPHONY AND THE DIVERSE MATERIALS AND COMPOSITIONA L TECHNIQUES HE USES. FOR ME, THE OPENING OF THE 3RD MOVEMENT CAN ONLY BE CALLED SUBLIME.
I never cared for Mahler much during my undergraduat e years, but time has allowed me to more fully contemplate his works and now I regard his symphonies to be among the finest ever written. He was very much ahead of his time.
Mahler's 3rd Symphony in D minor is a work that "learns" as it progresses. It's a cross between an amoeba and a brain, reaching out, engulfing a new idea and expanding it to its extreme. Then it reaches in another direction, finds yet another idea. So it goes until it ends at something completely new that should not be called a "Symphony". If allowed to continue past its last movement, would it take on a life of its own and then take over the world?
What depth...an auditory feast...
It is fabulous!!! I have never caught the continuity of harmonious sounds that it involves, how they carry the listener through the melodies and involves him in an emotive experience that submerges him in the world that it creates.
J. C. Grimberg
hgoldenjr
The music of Mahler: Human communion with God.
Where's the 3rd symphony?!

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