11 episodes

The Embrace Everything podcast series is an exploration and celebration of the music of Gustav Mahler. Throughout his life, Mahler insisted that music had to, literally, embrace everything. This makes his compositions unusually rich in what they offer both audience and musicians. Each season will explore a different Mahler symphony and include interviews with leading conductors, music scholars and musicians. Additionally, Mahler’s own words and those of his contemporaries will be read by actors. 

Embrace Everything - The World of Gustav Mahler Aaron Cohen

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    • 4.8 • 113 Ratings

The Embrace Everything podcast series is an exploration and celebration of the music of Gustav Mahler. Throughout his life, Mahler insisted that music had to, literally, embrace everything. This makes his compositions unusually rich in what they offer both audience and musicians. Each season will explore a different Mahler symphony and include interviews with leading conductors, music scholars and musicians. Additionally, Mahler’s own words and those of his contemporaries will be read by actors. 

    Movement One – A Burning Denunciation of the Creator

    Movement One – A Burning Denunciation of the Creator

    Mahler’s Second Symphony begins with the funeral for the hero of his First Symphony. The dramatic music rages with sorrow and anger...but also hope, for life after death.

    • 31 min
    Movement Two – A Sunbeam into Your Soul

    Movement Two – A Sunbeam into Your Soul

    For his Second Symphony, Mahler created a second movement he described as a memory, “a ray of sunlight, pure and cloudless, out of the hero’s life.” The music is bittersweet.

    • 20 min
    Movement Three – Never Did a Sermon So Please the Fish

    Movement Three – Never Did a Sermon So Please the Fish

    In the summer of 1893, Mahler wrote a song, entitled “St. Anthony of Padua’s Sermon to the Fish.” It turned out so well, he incorporated melodies from it into the third movement of his Second Symphony.

    • 25 min
    Movement Four – O Little Red Rose

    Movement Four – O Little Red Rose

    The fourth movement of Mahler’s Second Symphony is a delicate song for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. It’s a turning point in the symphony, where the protagonist’s spiritual wisdom blossoms.

    • 13 min
    Movement Five – With Wings I’ve Won for Myself

    Movement Five – With Wings I’ve Won for Myself

    Mahler described the last movement of his Second Symphony, which includes two soloists and a chorus, as a colossal fresco of The Day of Judgement. All of humanity meets its maker, and Mahler stretches his musical wings, soaring to glorious heights.

    • 50 min
    Movement One – Isn’t This a Splendid World?

    Movement One – Isn’t This a Splendid World?

    Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony is the story of a young man beginning his journey through life. In fact, it is Mahler himself, looking at the world with wide-eyed wonder. Originally, he titled the first movement “Spring Without End,” for its depiction of the joys of nature. 

    Guests include Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony), Kent Nagano (Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic), William Hudgins (Principal Clarinet, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Marilyn McCoy (Columbia University) and Caroline Kita (Washington University in St. Louis). James Lurie is the voice of Mahler and Laura Gragtmans is the voice of Natalie Bauer-Lechner.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

TRAtl ,

Fantastic

This show is great. Music. History. Biography. Really, really great quality presentation. Hope all of the symphonies make it…and Das Lied…and Wunderhorn…and Lieder Eines…etc etc…

Triplecrownpoetry.com ,

Incomparable!

This is the first podcast review I have ever written. This series of elucidation of Mahler’s symphonies makes what was merely enjoyable before, exquisite now.

I hope that Mr. Cohen et al. will continue this work with the rest of Mahler’s symphonies.

And, of course, then there is Bruckner…

SVVillano ,

What knowledge!

I am a composer, and I greatly enjoy Mahler’s music. The context and information they provide has completely reshaped my understand of Mahler’s symphonies!

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