Desperately seeking Gustav

Desperately seeking Gustav


norman lebrecht

July 16, 2010

On Sunday night, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast my hour-long documentary In Search of Gustav Mahler, an old-fashioned piece of radiocraft that tries to create a sound picture from Mahler’s locations, using the voices of living individuals whose lives were changed by his music.

You can hear it at 21.30, after the Proms concert, and streamed online for a week.

But here’s the fun stuff: On the R3 website, producer Jeremy Evans has posted video out-takes of me on Mahler location and at work with our participants. You can hear a scholar discussing comic rituals at Viennese funerals and see how Mahler did his schoolwork. There should also be an audio clip of a jam session I had with Uri Caine, exploring subliminal Jewish influences in Mahler’s work.

Go to Enjoy.

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  • Ulysses says:

    Really appreciated “In Search of Gustav Mahler”, quite reminiscent of The Idea of North and his documentaries. It is a little self-deprecating to call it old fashioned radiocraft as it quite rich and modern in an increasingly 140 character world.