Farewell to Pierre Boulez

For some six decades, as musician, composer and conductor, Pierre Boulez was a major part of the classical music scene. He conducted most of the major orchestras of the world and was music director of three of America’s top institutions; New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. At one point in the early ’70s, he […]

Robert Olson Rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 for MahlerFest XXVII – May 2014

Robert Olson prepares the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra for the festival week Main Events, two performances of Mahler’s 6th Symphony and Mahler’s 5 Ruckert Lieder.  May 17 and 18, 2014.   For more information visit mahlerfest.org.  Follow us on Twitter @co_mahlerfest  

Mahler’s Symphony No. 6: “A Hero’s Life”?

Who is the “hero” in Mahler’s Symphony No. 6? Mahler composed his sixth symphony over the summers of 1903 and 1904. This was a very fulfilling time. His career was increasingly successful. He had married in 1902 and now had a daughter, with another on the way (the second being born just before completion of […]

MahlerFest will present Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 and Five Ruckert Lieder

“My Sixth will present riddles that are approachable only by a generation which has absorbed and digested my first five.” – Gustav Mahler writing to biographer Richard Specht, c. 1904 We don’t really know what Mahler was referring to, but the audience is presented with a plethora of persistent riddles when contemplating and experiencing the […]

Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam will hold Mahler Festival in 2020

The Concertgebouw presents a Mahler Festival in 2020, 100 years after the first Mahler Festival another grand homage to the composer. From 6 to 20 May 2020 The Royal Concertgebouw organizes the third Mahler Festival in her history. By that time it will be exactly 100 years since the first Mahler Festival and 25 years […]

Farewell to Wolfgang Sawallisch

The great German conductor and pianist,Wolfgang Sawallisch passed away at his home in Grassau,  Germany, Friday February 22, he was 89. Sawallisch was known for his consistently great interpretations of the German Romantic Tradition in classical music, especially the music of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, as well as the music of Anton Bruckner, and […]