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Gustav Mahler (German: [ˈɡʊstaf ˈmaːlɐ]; 7 July 1860 — 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. A Jew, he was born in the village of Kalischt, Bohemia, in what was then the Austrian Empire, now Kaliště in the Czech Republic. His family later moved to nearby Iglau (now Jihlava), where Mahler grew up.

As a composer, Mahler acted as a bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 the music was discovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became a frequently performed and recorded composer, a position he has sustained into the 21st century.

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Great presentarion of the legendary american conductor Leonard Bernstein, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig (contralto solo), the Viena State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Boys Choir playing the Symphony No. 3 of Gustav Mahler, at 1973.

Gran presentación del legendario maestro norteamericano Leonard Bernstein, la Orquesta Flarmónica de Viena, Christa Ludwig (contralto solo), el Coro de la Ópera Estatal de Vienna y el Coro de Niños de Viena interpretando la Sinfonía No. 3 de Gustav Mahler, en 1973.

0:01:13 – 1. Kräftig entschieden
0:34:03 – 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mäßig
0:44:54 – 3. Commodo, Scherzando. Ohne Hast
1:02:14 – 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso
1:12:46 – 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
1:16:56 – 6. Langsam, ruhevoll, empfunden

(Thanks to user “Glypo3000” for tempos at symphony)

Auf dem Grunde des Rheines·209 videos

Mahler started his work on his Tenth Symphony in July 1910 in Toblach, and ended his efforts in September the same year. He never managed to complete the orchestral draft before his premature death at the age of fifty from a streptococcal infection of the blood.
Mahler’s drafts and sketches for the Tenth Symphony comprise 72 pages of full score, 50 pages of continuous short score draft (2 pages of which are missing), and a further 44 pages of preliminary drafts, sketches, and inserts. In the form in which Mahler left it, the symphony consists of five movements:
1. Andante — Adagio: 275 bars drafted in orchestral and short score.
2. Scherzo: 522 bars drafted in orchestral and short score.
3. Purgatorio. Allegro moderato: 170 bars drafted in short score, the first 30 bars of which were also drafted in orchestral score.
4. Scherzo. Nicht zu schnell]: about 579 bars drafted in short score.
5. Finale. Langsam, schwer: 400 bars drafted in short score.
The parts in short score were usually in four staves. The designations of some movements were altered as work progressed: for example the second movement was initially envisaged as a finale. The fourth movement was also relocated in multiple instances. Mahler then started on an orchestral draft of the symphony, which begins to bear some signs of haste after the halfway point of the first movement. He had gotten as far as orchestrating the first two movements and the opening 30 bars of the third movement when he had to put aside work on the Tenth to make final revisions to the Ninth Symphony.
The circumstances surrounding the composition of the Tenth were highly unusual. Mahler was at the height of his compositional powers, but his personal life was in complete disarray, most recently compounded by the revelation that his young wife Alma had had an affair with the architect Walter Gropius. Mahler sought counselling from Sigmund Freud, and on the verge of its successful première in Munich, dedicated the Eighth Symphony to Alma in a desperate attempt to repair the breach. The unsettled frame of Mahler’s mind found expression in the despairing comments (many addressed to Alma) written on the manuscript of the Tenth, and must have influenced its composition: on the final page of the short score in the final movement, Mahler wrote, “für dich leben! für dich sterben!” (To live for you! To die for you!) and the exclamation “Almschi!” underneath the last soaring phrase.

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein & Wiener Philharmoniker.

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Gustav Mahler Symphony No 9
Claudio Abbado Mahler Jugendorchester
Andante comodo (D major)
Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb (C major) 24:38
Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig (A minor) 39:55
Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend (D-flat major) 52:49