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.
'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 >>