Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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Introduction

Mahler is the last great Romantic symphonist, music conceived on the grandest scale and employing elaborate forces. He wanted to express his view of the human condition, to set down his lofty ideals about Life, Death and the Universe. 'My symphonies represent the contents of my entire life.' Read the full biography.

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The world's leading Mahler conductors introduce his 10 symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde:

Symphony No 1 – Sir Charles Mackerras

Symphony No 2 – Mariss Jansons

Symphony No 3 – Lorin Maazel

Symphony No 4 – David Zinman

Symphony No 5 – Sir Simon Rattle

Symphony No 6 – Christoph Eschenbach

Symphony No 7 – Valery Gergiev

Symphony No 8 – Michael Tilson Thomas

Symphony No 9 – Esa-Pekka Salonen

Symphony No 10 – Riccardo Chailly

Das Lied von der Erde – Kent Nagano

Mahler – 10 Essential Recordings

New to Mahler? Here's a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection...

  1. Symphony No 5 – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Rattle 
  2. Das Lied von der Erde – Ludwig; Wunderlich; Philharmonia Orchestra / Klemperer
  3. Symphony No 9 – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Karajan
  4. Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Schwarzkopf; Fischer-Dieskau; LSO / Szell
  5. Symphony No 1 – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Kubelík
  6. Symphony No 4 – Staatskapelle Dresden / Sinopoli
  7. Symphony No 2 – London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jurowski 
  8. Symphony No 8 – London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra / Tennstedt 
  9. Song-cycles – Baker; Hallé; New Philharmonia / Barbirolli
  10. Symphony No 7 – Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Abbado

Building your Collection

Select a musical category below to explore the finest Mahler recordings available.

Orchestral Vocal

Complete Symphonies Das klagende Lied

Symphony No 1 Das Lied von der Erde

Symphony No 2 Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Symphony No 3 Song-cycles

Symphony No 4

Symphony No 5

Symphony No 6

Symphony No 7

Symphony No 8

Symphony No 9

Symphony No 10

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