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Mahler, Gustav, Part I

An Austrian composer who thought, “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, of the symphonic form and even this radio show!  Join us for two full weeks on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

Program 1

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."

Rott: Symphony in E Major (excerpts)
Cincinnati Philharmonia/Samuel
Helios 55140
1:16, :45, 1:13

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III (excerpt)
New York Phil/Walter      
Sony 64447

Mahler: Das Klagende Lied (excerpts) 
Hallé Orch/Nagano; Blochwitz, ten.; Hagegård, bs.
Elatus 927490162
7:57, 1:04

Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Geselle
Vienna Phil/Bernstein; Hampson, bar.
DG 431682

Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Titan, I
Columbia Symphony/ Walter        
Sony 64447

Program 2

Beginning with a 1905 recording of Mahler at the piano, BIll goes behind the scenes of the remaining movements in Symphony No. 1 along with several early vocal works.

Mahler: "Ging Heut Morgen Übers Feld"  fr. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler, p.              
Pickwick 101

Mahler: “Hans und Grete" fr. Lieder und Gesänge
Kirchschlager, ms.; Deutsch, p.            
Sony 68344

Mahler:  Symphony No. 1, Titan, II, III & IV
EMI 72941
7:45, 10:50, :08, :12, 19:16

Mahler:  "Ich Ging Mit Lust Durch Einen Grünen Wald”
Mahler, p.; Carlson, ms.              
Pickwick 101
1:42, 3:14, 2:08


Program 3

The hour includes performances by conductors who effectively captured Mahler's essence, a juxtaposition of Mahler against "Wagner mania," and Bruno Walter's critique of Mahler.


Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III (excerpts)
New York Phil/Walter
Sony 64447

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, I
Philharmonia Orch/Klemperer
EMI 67255

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

Bruno Walter: NYPO broadcasts (excerpt)
NY Phil Special Edition Mahler Box Set

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III & IV + V (excerpt)
NY Phil/Walter; Forrester, ms.
Sony 6444714:56

Program 4

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

Mahler: Symphony No. 3, III
New York Phil/Bernstein
Sony 61831

Program 5

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.

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in d minor, I, IV & V
NY Phil/Bernstein; Ludwig, ms.
Sony 61831
34:38, 13:33

Mahler: “Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht” fr. Liedereines Fahrenden Gesellen
Columbia Symphony Orch/Walter; Miller, ms.
Sony 64447



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