Thomas Hampson on Musical Conversations between Mahler and Berg

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Thomas Hampson says that Wozzeck is the opera that Gustav Mahler never wrote. In this episode of the Operavore Show he examines what he calls a shared "musical DNA" between Mahler and Alban Berg.

Mahler died when he was 50 years old and in many ways Berg picked up where he left off -- creating marches and other militarily inspired works. Wozzeck was, after all, Berg's answer to "the War to End All Wars." Hampson discusses how the two composers used music to express political aggression, anti-war sentiments and their concern for people deemed "outsiders." The show wraps with an illuminating comparison between Mahler’s 10th Symphony and an adagio from the last scene of Wozzeck.     

As a little bonus, this week we're offering our listener's an opportunity to enter a Thomas Hampson Giveaway! Read below for instructions on how to participate. 

Playlist:

Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn “Trost im Unglück”
Wiener Virtuosen; Thomas Hampson, baritone
Deutsche Grammophon 4779289 

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7 in E Minor: I. Langsam – Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo
San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
San Francisco Symphony Media 5575

Alban Berg Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6: III. Marsch
Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 4791514

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D: II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb.
Berliner Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein, conductor


Deutsche Grammophon 435378

Alban Berg Wozzeck, Op. 7: Act II, Scene 4 (Tavern)
Paris National Opera Orchestra; Pierre Boulez, conductor
Sony 79251

Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn “Revelge”
Wiener Virtuosen; Thomas Hampson, baritone
Deutsche Grammophon 477 9289

Gustav Mahler Symphony No.10 in F sharp (unfinished): I. Adagio
Wiener Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 447023

Alban Berg Wozzeck, Op. 7: Act III, Scene 5
Paris National Opera Orchestra; Pierre Boulez, conductor
Sony 79251

Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn “Der Schildwache Nachtlied”
Wiener Virtuosen; Thomas Hampson, baritone
Deutsche Grammophon 4779289