Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

When the young Gustav Mahler composed his First Symphony, he was at a crossroads: should he turn to the cutting edge programme music or find new directions for absolute music? Mahler chose a middle path which combines both goals with great virtuosity: atmospheric sounds of the world of nature and lieder quotes on the one hand, and an impressive symphonic grand concept on the other. The conductor of this recording from 1994 is Bernard Haitink, one of Mahler’s most notable interpreters.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Bernard Haitink

Programme Guide

© 1994 EuroArts Music International, brilliant media, SFB in association with Philips Classics


Bernard Haitink conductor
Gustav Mahler composer

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