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Intensive Encounter with Gustav Mahler

21 JUL 2013

published in: Concert, General

In his symphonies, Gustav Mahler formulated a utopia which he described as a “longing beyond the things of this world”. With the complete performance of all nine finished symphonies, the 2013 Salzburg Festival offers an opportunity to experience Mahler’s cosmos in all its facets. In order to make this encounter with Gustav Mahler even more intensive, we were able to engage Gilbert Kaplan, who has studied the life and work of this composer like hardly anyone else today, to give two lectures.

On Saturday, August 3, when Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in the morning and Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Seventh Symphony in the evening, Gilbert Kaplan will give a lecture entitled Mahler’s World at the Schüttkasten at 6:00 pm, offering over 150 projections and 30 music examples, and thus conveying profound insights into the connection between the composer’s work and life.

Before the performance of the Second Symphony on August 6, featuring the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, Gilbert Kaplan will offer a fresh perspective on the intriguing history of this masterwork in the making, again accompanied by numerous projections and music examples, at the Schüttkasten at 7:00 pm.

Both lectures will be delivered in English and will be translated via German titles, so that there are no language barriers. Admission is free!

You are cordially invited not to miss this opportunity to encounter one of the most fascinating composers working around the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.