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1907-1908

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 27 October 2008

Donald Macleod explores Mahler's last years, focusing on his departure from Europe to America. The composer had received invitations to conduct in the US for over 20 years, and finally accepted in 1907 before personal tragedy struck with the death of his daughter Maria from illness, heart problems of his own and difficulties in his marriage. Nevertheless, after a Viennese farewell performance of his Second Symphony (The Resurrection), Mahler set sail for New York.

Symphony No 4 (1st mvt)
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DG 447 023-2 CD 5 - Tr 1

Ablosung im Sommer; Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (Lieder und Gesange)
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Roger Vignoles (piano)
Hyperion CDA67392 - Trs 4, 5

Symphony No 2 (3rd, 4th mvts)
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Von der Schonheit; Der Trunkene im Fruhling (Das Lied von der Erde)
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Julius Patzak (tenor)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Bruno Walter (conductor)
Decca Legends 466 576-2 - Trs 4, 5.

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