Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (Dir. L. Bernstein)

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Leonard Bernstein & Vienna Philharmonic - Mahler 1st Symphony

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Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian-Bohemian 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 Symphony No. 1 in D major by Gustav Mahler was composed between 1884 and 1888. The work is sometimes known as the "Titan", due to Mahler originally conceiving it as a tone poem based loosely on Jean Paul's novel Titan. It was composed while Mahler was second conductor at the Leipzig Opera in Leipzig, Germany. The symphony was premiered at the Hungarian Royal Opera House in autumn 1889. Because it contained many elements which strayed from the norms audiences and critics were used to at the time, the first performance was largely a failure. Mahler made some key revisions to the symphony and performed it five years later in Hamburg, where it was much more successful.

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