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Classical music anniversary: Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” turns 100

September 15, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

In case you didn’t realize it, this past Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of the massive and moving Symphony No. 8 — or the “Symphony of a Thousand” — by Gustav Mahler (below).

National Public Radio featured a terrific interview with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra‘s artistic director and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (below) who has won a Grammy for his recording of that symphony and other Mahler works.

Here is a link:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129774251

Another blog, Clef Notes in Baltimore, also featured the anniversary with an audio-visual excerpt from YouTube:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2010/09/marking_the_100th_anniversary.html

Here is another excerpt:

What do you think of Mahler’s Eighth?

Do you have a favorite recording?

What is your favorite Mahler symphony (mine remains No. 1)?

The Ear wants to hear.

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