Performing Mahler

Eight Conductors discuss Mahler’s music

Most of the music that was composed by Gustav Mahler was orchestral. He wrote ten symphonies, and many songs for voice and orchestral accompaniment. Unlike composers such as Brahms, Schubert, and Schumann, Mahler left us only one string quartet, which he wrote during his school days.

Unlike Mozart, Gustav Mahler did not leave us piano sonatas, violin sonatas, or chamber music for strings with wind instruments. As such, we have a huge dependence on orchestral conductors whose role it is to faithfully reproduce for us Mahler’s amazing orchestral music.

Of today’s conductors who perform Gustav Mahler’s music frequently, I have a high regard for eight of them, and I felt that their personal description of how they first came to learn, understand, and perform Mahler’s music might be of interest to some of you. Below are videos of varying lengths, which I invite you to explore.

I selected eight conductors whose interpretation of Mahler’s music I enjoy. They each tell their own story of how they came to explore Mahler’s music. I listed them in random order. Feel free to add your comments at the end of this Post. After the last comments by Michael Tilson Thomas, I’ll choose a video that will close this post. Riccardo Chailly:     Pierre Boulez:     Gustavo Dudamel:     Valery Gergiev:     Sir Simon Rattle:     Daniel Barenboim:     Mariss Jansons:     Michael Tilson Thomas:    

Here is the Mahler Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The individual movements are: I.Trauermarsch II. Stürmisch III. Scherzo IV. Adagietto V. Rondo-Finale    

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