Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer, he 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 one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century.
Pick of 2014: '...Karen Cargill released a breathtaking album of songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler...'more >>Herald Scotland
Top 50 Scottish Albums of 2014: #7 'Scotland's opera superstar mines incredible depth of emotion from these songs, as her mezzo-soprano range is sensitively matched by Simon Lepper's piano accompaniment.'more >>American Record Guide
'To say my hopes were exceeded barely begins to describe his transcendent reading.'more >>ConcertoNet.com
'The pliant and rapturous playing of the Philharmonia, the outstanding soloists, and Zander’s powerful and fresh reading make this an exciting release and a welcome addition to the catalogue.’more >>MahlerReviews.com
'...beautiful, and beautifully captured...'more >>The Times
'...the Philharmonia generates a tremendously rich sound.'more >>AllMusic.com
'...one of the best of 2013.'more >>Pizzicato
‘Any committed Mahlerian should not miss the release.’more >>Boston Globe
‘It’s tender and reverent, and full of detail.’more >>