Composer of the Week: Mahler

A New Love

Episode 1 A New Love



Donald Macleod considers Mahler's music and its sometimes troubled relationship to his wife Alma, who proved not only an inspiration but a also a very practical help for his egotistical genius. The daughter of a renowned landscape painter, Alma Schindler had certainly known other men before she met Mahler at the house of a mutual friend. Likewise, he had known and loved other women, albeit in the face of the ire of his implacably jealous sister Josephine. Alma, called by some the most beautiful woman in Vienna, was certainly a catch for the composer, but how big a catch was he for her, who already enjoyed the attentions of her composition teacher Zemlinsky? Gradually, Alma will fall in love with Mahler's music, and agreed to put aside her own efforts at composition. Mahler: Ging heut morgen übers Feld. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano), Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Riccardo Chailly (conductor). Symphony No 4 in G (1st movement: Bedachtig; 2nd movement: In gema?chlicher Bewegung). City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor). Phantasie aus Don Juan; Serenade aus Don Juan. Anne Sofie von Otter, (mezzo-soprano) Ralf Gothoni (piano).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Geoff Ballinger