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Mahler in Words: conductor Kenneth Woods chooses a selection of readings about Mahler, busts some popular myths and introduces rare audio of someone who worked with him.

Mahler in Words: conductor, rock star and blogger Kenneth Woods introduces a selection of readings about Gustav Mahler and discusses how the composer's intense relationship with Alma fed into the writing of his Fifth Symphony. Woods argues that the tempestuous monster of popular myth is not an accurate depiction of Mahler and there is a chance to hear rare audio of an orchestral player who actually worked under him.

Rana Mitter presents. The reader is Nicholas Boulton.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as the first of this year's Literary Proms Plus events.

20 minutes

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