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Great Composers: Mahler
Great Composers: Mahler


 
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Item #:  D4123
Our Price: $19.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 58 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031412392
ISBN: 0-7697-8388-0


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This landmark series presents the lives and works of seven musical giants from the Baroque era to the twentieth century. It examines the backgrounds, influences and relationships that make these seven composers part of the very fabric of the history of western music. Each composer's life and work is presented through extensive performance sequences, and through interviews and comment from some of today's greatest artists and most respected authorities.

Mahler was scarcely recognized as a great composer until the middle of the 1960s, when his music started to make a massive impact. In 1991, thirty recordings of his symphonies were released in one month. This film explores Mahler’s life: his childhood, surrounded by tragedy and abuse; his driven adulthood, torn between life as a composer and conductor, and his passionate and pained love-life. This program examines his music, the supreme expression of philosophical enquiry in music, embracing religion, nihilism, humanism, the revolutionary and the mundane. Reconstructions, archive footage, radio interviews, artifacts, private scores, letters, contracts and sculptures are used, along with interviews with many prominent artists and writers. The documentary is set in Vienna, Budapest, Hamburg and the Czech Republic.

 

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Cast & Crew

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Sir Georg Solti

Contributors include:
Sir Georg Solti • Ken Russell • Thomas Hampson • Michael Tilson Thomas • Riccardo Chailly


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