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Gustav Mahler

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Concerts

Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Wolf at Carnegie Hall Saturday, February 25, 2012.

February 24, 2012 Simon Rattle leads a performance of Mahler's immense and searching Second Symphony.

Kate Royal

February 17, 2010 Hear the young British soprano Kate Royal sing Mahler in concert with the L.A. Philharmonic.

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel

October 8, 2009 Hear the 28-year-old conductor take over the L.A. Philharmonic on NPR Music.

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January 6, 2009 The orchestra, conducted by Paavo Jarvi, performs a set of lesser-known music by Gustav Mahler.

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July 29, 2008 Hear incomparable works by Mozart (his 40th Symphony) and Mahler (The Song of the Earth).

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November 13, 2007 Conductor Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic play music by Mahler, live at Carnegie Hall.

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November 6, 2007 Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic in Gustav Mahler's misunderstood Symphony No. 1.

Interviews & Profiles

Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

April 12, 2014 An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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Joyce Di Donato

December 7, 2010 The popular mezzo-soprano discovers the depths of humanity in Mahler's Second Symphony.

1-bit Symphony Main

August 14, 2010 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic assortment of new music.

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Gustav Mahler, composer

July 3, 2010 Conductor Marin Alsop's latest adventure muses on a meeting between Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud

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December 29, 2009 Mahler answered the metaphysical challenge of Beethoven's Ninth with the "Resurrection" Symphony.

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May 18, 2008 The famous composer never wrote an opera, but there's plenty of drama in his massive symphonies.

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November 23, 2007 Miles Hoffman suggests a musical diet to counteract the bloated symphonies of Mahler and Bruckner.

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February 9, 2007 Mahler's epic symphonies were vehicles for him to express his beliefs and pose questions.

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August 16, 2005 Our "Postcards from Composers" series continues with some likes and dislikes of Gustav Mahler.

Discover Songs

Soprano Anna Netrebko (left) with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca

December 18, 2009 Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best.

News

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a rehearsal of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, on tour last month in Caracas, Venezuela.

March 1, 2012 The L.A. musicians played for thousands and saw Venezuela's "El Sistema" music education up close.

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All the classical news that's fit to link.

June 10, 2011 A dissolved orchestra, handsomely paid CEOs and a viola melee: all the classical news fit to link.

Your weekly classical music news fix.

May 20, 2011 Tussling in Philadelphia, springing for music, remembering Mahler and much more.

The 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra is facing crippling deficits.

April 15, 2011 The 111-year-old orchestra may decide Saturday morning to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel

January 6, 2011 Will Gustavo Dudamel's dynamic conducting pay off in live concerts transmitted to movie theaters?

Gustavo Dudamel

May 24, 2010 Critics react to Gustavo Dudamel's maiden voyage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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January 1, 2008 In The Rest Is Noise, critic Alex Ross explores the richness of modern music.

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Reviews

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.

August 7, 2012 The mezzo-soprano's mastery of expression in a wide variety of music shines on her new album.

The English contralto Kathleen Ferrier had a voice like no other. She was born 100 years ago.

May 15, 2012 A new 14-CD set marks the centenary of the great English singer's birth.

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June 11, 2009 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.

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More Stories

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

February 14, 2013 For ages composers have written love letters, but not with words on paper. Their language is music.

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Classical albums we loved this year.

December 13, 2013 A guide to some releases from the year gone by that we think are really great.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

September 27, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.

March 21, 2013 Crafting a funeral march out of a children's song made Mahler's very first symphony a game changer.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

January 4, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

What happens when musicians slow the music way down?

August 20, 2012 It's good to take it easy during these dog days of summer. But how slow is too slow?

Fiction by the Ebene Quartet was one of our favorite albums this year.

December 8, 2011 From modernism to Mendelssohn and the massive sound of Mahler, a wide-ranging top 10 list.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

June 27, 2011 An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

Hampson

December 12, 2010 Hear baritone Thomas Hampson's new recording of Gustav Mahler's 'Wunderhorn' songs in its entirety.

Mahler

November 18, 2010 The great symphonist was a fussy eater, but had a weakness for his sister's apricot dumplings.

Conductor Simon Rattle

October 21, 2010 Hear the Berlin Philharmonic conductor's handpicked favorites from three decades.

A languishing lute player

September 27, 2010 What's the saddest music you know? Hear the finest of the forlorn and the best of the bereaved.

Baritone Thomas Hampson

July 6, 2010 To mark the composer's 150th birthday, baritone Thomas Hampson reflects on Mahler's vocal music.

Hercules

February 24, 2010 Feel better and look healthier when you exercise to these inspiring classical-music masterworks.

NPR Artist Directory

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Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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150th Anniversary: Mahler Adagios

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  • Album: Carl Orff: Carmina Burana/Igor Stravinsky:The Firebird Suite
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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand"

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  • Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand"
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7

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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder

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  • Album: Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; Rückert-Lieder
  • Artist: Thomas Hampson
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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

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  • Album: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

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  • Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
  • Artist: Gilbert Kaplan
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Adagio

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  • Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Adagio
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas

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  • Album: Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
  • Artist: Leonidas Kavakos
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Sibelius: Symphonies 1 & 4

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  • Artist: Minnesota Orchestra
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Adams: Inuksuit

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Reza Vali: Toward That Endless Plain

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  • Artist: Khosro Soltani
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Evensong

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Mahler: Orchesterlieder

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Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil

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  • Artist: Latvian Radio Choir
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Death Speaks

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  • Artist: David Lang
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Béla Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

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  • Artist: Isabelle Faust
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Love and Longing

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  • Album: Love and Longing
  • Artist: Magdalena Kožená
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Centenary Edition: The Complete Decca Recordings

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  • Artist: Kathleen Ferrier
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2

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  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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  • Artist: Gustavo Dudamel
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

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  • Artist: Gustavo Dudamel
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Fiesta

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  • Artist: Gustavo Dudamel
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  • Released: 2008