DVD of the Month for May, 2015.


Gustav Mahler:

  • Symphonies Nos. 9 and 10

Mahler was a highly complex man. His whole being was filled with music. He was a conductor and a composer; and in my view he actually painted with music. He used music to describe Nature as he experienced it.

And he suffered, because he always felt like a stranger: He lived in Austria, yet he was born in Kaliště, the Czech Republic. He was born Jewish in a country that was openly anti-Semitic. Yet Mahler had a passion for wanting to be accepted professionally, and as a musician.

Mahler knew that the Symphony #9 was Beethoven’s last. So he hesitated to begin his own 9th for fear that he would die soon thereafter. He never completed the Tenth… Mahler died in Vienna in 1911.

On this recording, we hear:


  • Symphony No. 9
  • Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (HR-Sinfonieorchester), conducted by Paavo Järvi

This series of recordings of Mahler’s symphonies has been acclaimed as one of the most important Mahler projects. It continues with the release of the 9th and 10th Symphonies. As a bonus, the listener can see introductions to Symphonies Nos. 9 and Introduction to the Mahler cycle with conductor Paavo Järvi.

Here is Paavo Järvi conducting an extract of the Mahler Symphonies Nos. 9 and 10 with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra:


Tags: Paavo Järvi, Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 9, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Symphony #10