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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler (Composer)

Born: 7th July 1860, Kaliste, Czechia

Died: 18th May 1911, Vienna, Austria

Nationality: German, Czech

Gustav Mahler was an Austro-Bohemian Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect, which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 his compositions were rediscovered by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century. In 2016, a BBC Music Magazine survey of 151 conductors ranked three of his symphonies in the top ten symphonies of all time.

Born in Bohemia (then part of the Austrian Empire) to Jewish parents of humble origins, the German-speaking Mahler displayed his musical gifts at an early age.

Further Reading: Mahler

 Interview, Long Yu on The Song of the Earth

The conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra talks about his new recording, pairing Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with a newly-commissioned setting by Xiaogang Ye of the original Chinese poems on which it was based.

 Recording of the Week, Osmo Vänskä conducts Mahler's Tenth Symphony

The Minnesota Orchestra and their Music Director give a tumultuous, emotional account of Mahler's final, unfinished symphony, in the performing version by Deryck Cooke.

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