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"A symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything." With his ten-plus symphonies, Mahler's world extended horizons beyond anything known to concert audiences. His vision stretched the boundaries of the orchestra and the symphonic form. Join us for two full weeks on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.
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Bill deconstructs Mahler's symphonies while weaving through his early and difficult history in Bohemia (now Czech Republic). Mahler described his struggle as being "three times homeless--as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world."
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, II “I Remember Mahler” Radio Interviews (excerpts)
LSO/StokowskiWilliam Mollach BBC Legends 4136 NY Phil Special Edition Mahler Box Set 10:18, 1:29 :57
Mahler: “Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt” fr. Des Knaben Wunderhorn
LSO/Szell; FischerDieskau, bar. EMI 67256 3:58
Bruno Walter: NYPO broadcasts (excerpt) NY Phil Special Edition Mahler Box Set 1:00
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III & IV + V (excerpt)
NY Phil/Walter; Forrester, ms.
The segment focuses on lengthier showcases of Mahler's second and third symphonies performed by the New York Philharmonic. "The Changing of the Guard" is the song upon which Symphony No. 3, III movement, is based.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, excerpt + IV & V
NY Phil/Walter; Forrester, ms.; Cundari, s.
Sony 64447 :33, 33:49
Mahler: “Ablösung im Sommer” fr. Lieder und Gesänge
Kirchschlager, ms.; Deutsch, p.
Sony 68344 1:39
Mahler: Symphony No. 3, III
New York Phil/Bernstein
Mahler envisioned a huge array of instruments and choirs to call forth summer from the "dead world of winter," with messages from meadow flowers, forest creatures, night, morning bells, love, and heavenly life influencing each of the seven sections.
Bill also offers an interesting look into the Mahler revival of the 1960s.
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.