Tuesday, June 29, 2010
WQXR celebrates Gustav Mahler’s 150th birthday with a special, online-only stream. Each day for a week, dive deep into Mahler’s repertoire and discover the creative mind behind some of the twentieth century’s most significant works.
Though Mahler's compositions were often considered impenetrable and challenging in his time, they have become highly regarded and admired in ours.
Our special stream kicks off with three days of the Mahler symphonies, aired in sequence without interruption and performed by a range of top conductors and orchestras.
Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read modern scholars on music, culture and politics. His new book, Why Mahler?, comes out this fall. He stopped by the WQXR studios to explain exactly that: Why Mahler?
Is Mahler's 10th Symphony finished? is there a definitive version?
Is Mahler all about death?