The World of Mahler

“A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” –Gustav Mahler

Hailed as one of the foremost Mahler conductors of his time, Benjamin Zander’s lifework takes us on a journey into the composer’s world. Since he began conducting Mahler’s symphonies in the 1970s, the musical journies created by the composer have become parallel to Zander’s own existence. Multiple recordings—with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra—have earned Grammy nominations and praise from the world’s foremost musical minds.

Pictured at top of page: Mahler conducting a rehearsal for the premiere of his Eighth Symphony

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Mvt. IV (Performance)
The finale of Mahler's "Ressurection" symphony. Performed by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Amsterdam's renowned Concertgebuow during a 2013 tour to Holland.
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White Sheet – ‘Mahler and Katrine’
A white sheet from a five-year-old thanking Zander after a Mahler performance. Read the full story behind the note, which was initially published in Rosamund and Benjamin's book, The Art of Possibility.
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Essay – Reflections on Mahler’s Ninth Symphony by Benjamin Zander
An essay on Mahler's Ninth Symphony, written by Zander in the 1980s and digitally published here for the first time.
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Mahler: “Ich Atmet Einen Linden Duft” from Ruckert-Lieder (Interpretation Class)
‘Lied,’ the German word for ‘Song,’ is at the core of all of Gustav Mahler’s works. Watch as Zander coaches a young soprano through a setting of text from Mahler’s favorite poet, Friedrich Ruckert.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Conversation)
A discussion of Mahler’s incomparable Ninth Symphony with Brian Bell.