Mahler: World & Dream - Audio Biography by Joerg Handstein

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The son of a distiller in the Moravian provinces became the Director of the Royal-Imperial Court Opera in Vienna, the “god of the southern zones”....

The son of a distiller in the Moravian provinces became the Director of the Royal-Imperial Court Opera in Vienna, the “god of the southern zones”. Gustav Mahler’s life is the story of a triumphant career. Cheered as a conductor, admired and met with hostility as an operatic stage director, as a composer he remained misunderstood: “Do you always have to be dead before people wish long life to you?” Not only did the arts thrive in fin de siècle Vienna – so did anti-Semitism. This was why Mahler’s life was also the story of a man who felt homeless wherever he went: in Hamburg and Budapest, in Vienna and New York. He prohibited his wife Alma, the darling of Viennese society, from composing. Personal catastrophes overshadowed his final years: the death of his daughter, a heart condition, finally Alma’s affair with architect Walter Gropius, which sent Mahler to Sigmund Freud in quest of counsel. In his ten-part audio biography, Jörg Hanstein tells Mahler’s story before the background of a high-tension era, colorful and multi-voiced, factually correct and close to the sources. Actors like Udo Wachtveitl, René Dumont, Laura Maire and Gert Heidenreich guarantee listening pleasure on the highest level.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 06, 2023


  • UPC: 4035719009019


  • Catalog Number: BRK900901


  • Label: BR-KLASSIK


  • Number of Discs: 4


  • Composer: Gustav Mahler


  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Gustav Mahler


  • Performer: Jorg Handstein, Udo Wachtveitl, Rene Dumont, Laura Maire, Hans Jurgen Stockerl, Krista Posch, Gert Heidenreich