Mahler’s Legacy, Part I
This episode originally aired on July 7, 2010
Sunday, July 03, 2011
An acclaimed special edition of “Mad About Music” commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death.
“My Time Will Come.”
It sure has. It would be hard to name a composer more popular today than Gustav Mahler or one whose music delivers a more emotional wallop. On “Mahler’s Legacy”, a special edition of “Mad About Music”, host Gilbert Kaplan explores, with more than 50 musical excerpts, just what is it about Mahler’s music that confronts us so powerfully; that touches us in such a personal way.
“A Symphony Must be like the World, it Must Embrace Everything.”
And Mahler’s symphonies do. Every emotion possible appears in Mahler’s music – hope, despair, yearning, love.
“My Music Contains Everything I have Experienced and Endured.”
Mahler drew on his inner world to express intense feelings in music. “Mahler’s Legacy” sweeps up the joy, the tragedy, the sheer life of Mahler’s tale – as told by Gilbert Kaplan, host of “Mad About Music” and one of our foremost Mahler authorities.
Symphony No. 1. Bavarian Radio Symphony. Rafael Kubelik. Deutsche Grammophon 463 738-2.
Symphony No. 2. Vienna Philharmonic. Vienna Singverein. Gilbert Kaplan. Latonia Moore, Nadja Michael. Deutsche Grammophon 474 380-2.
Symphony No. 3. Bavarian Radio Symphony. Rafael Kubelik. Bavarian Radio Chorus and Tölzer Children’s Choir. Marjorie Thomas. Deutsche Grammophon 463 738-2.
Symphony No 4. Cleveland Orchestra. George Szell. Judith Raskin Sony 46535.
Symphony No. 5. Bavarian Radio Symphony. Rafael Kubelik. Deutsche Grammophon 463 738-2. Adagietto movement. London Symphony. Gilbert Kaplan. Conifer Classics 75605 51277.
Symphony No. 6. London Philharmonic. Klaus Tennstedt. EMI CDC 7 470512.