Mahler’s Legacy, Part I

This episode originally aired on July 7, 2010

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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. 

Program Details

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.

Comments [6]

gina ballinger from graz, austria

DANKE! : ) gina ballinger

Jul. 18 2011 12:55 PM
Frank Feldman

In my opinion, you would be far better of saying a few appropriate introductory comments, and then playing entire movements. The interruptions are unbearably annoying.

Jul. 10 2011 10:16 AM


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Jul. 05 2011 12:22 PM
Kennet Weinstein from New york City

Stunning hour with Kaplan and Mahler. I would ask the name of the piano music which ushered in the hour and also ended it. Very interested !

Jul. 04 2011 08:46 AM
Billi Schloss from Short Hills, NJ

I heard a portion of Mahler's Legacy while in the car. Is there any way I can download it so that I can listen to it when i have time? It was very interesting.


Jul. 03 2011 10:12 PM
Frederick Willman from Madison, WI.

Why can;t you list what you are playing this Sunday evening???

Thank you.

Jul. 03 2011 09:09 PM

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