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Gustav Mahler

July 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Gustav

What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of death? Composer Gustav Mahler, born 150 years ago today, asked the big questions in his work. We'll hear highlights from two recent and extraordinary Mahler concerts. Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Philharmonic in the final two movements of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, and Franz Welser-Most leads the Cleveland Orchestra in the final two movements of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Gustav Mahler
    First movement from Symphony No. 3
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C for Solo Cello
    Lynn Harrell, cello
    National Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's special guest is organist Cameron Carpenter
  • Gustav Mahler
    Two movements from Symphony No. 1 in D (Titan)
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

hour 2

  • Anton Bruckner
    Intermezzo in D Minor
  • Diego Ortiz
    Ricercata Segunda
    Daniel Hope, violin, and friends
    Rolf Liebermann Studio, Hamburg, Germany
  • Gustav Mahler
    Two movements from Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Resurrection)
    Malin Hartelius, soprano, Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano, the Cleveland Orchestra and Vienna Singverein, Franz Welser-Most, conductor
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
  • Traditional British Folksong
    Mark Padmore, tenor, Nicholas Daniel, oboe, Julius Drake, piano
    City Hall, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Song of the Black Swan
    Matias de Oliveira Pinto, cello, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
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