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Gilbert Kaplan

Född 1941-03-03, död 2016-01-01

Mahler, symfoni nr 2 i Stockholms Konserthus 11 mars 2010 kl. 19.30.


Gilbert Kaplan is widely considered one of the foremost interpreters of Mahler's Second Symphony ("Resurrection"). He has conducted highly acclaimed performances of the work with more than 50 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bayerische Staatsorchester, NDR Sinfonieorchester. In England, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic. In Russia, Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra and Moscow State Symphony. In the United States, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and National Symphony (Washington, D.C). Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony, Prague Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony and in Beijing, the China National Symphony (in the premiere of Mahler's Second/ /Symphony/ /in China).

In 1996, Mr. Kaplan led the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Chorus of Wiener Staatsoper in the opening night concert of the Salzburg Festival, which /Time /magazine reported was a ?triumph that shook the Grosses Festspielhaus to its granite foundations.?

Mr. Kaplan?s recording of Mahler?s Second Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, with sales in excess of 180,000 copies, is the best-selling Mahler recording in history and was selected as one of the ?Records of the Year? by /The New York Times/ and by German television ZDF. A recording with the Vienna Philharmonic was released in 2003 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

A leading authority on the composer, Mr. Kaplan is the author and editor of the award-winning illustrated biography /The Mahler Album./ His extensive writings on Mahler have appeared in publications ranging from London?s musicological journal /The/ /Musical Times/, /Frankfurter Allgemeine/ /Zeitung/ to the /The New York Times/. On radio, he has served as the host of a 13-week Mahler series broadcast on 350 radio stations in the United States and for the past six years has hosted "Mad About Music," a celebrity classical music and interview program.

The Kaplan Foundation, which Gilbert Kaplan founded twenty years ago, has been a leader in Mahler research, publications and historical recordings. It has published a facsimile edition of the Second Symphony and produced ?Mahler Plays Mahler,? a recording of rare piano rolls Mahler made of his own compositions in 1905. These rolls are the only documents that exist of Mahler as a performer. This recording was awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in the Historic Category (first quarter 1994) and the ?Toblacher Komponierhäuschen? Gustav Mahler Record Prize in the Historic Category in 1995.

The Foundation?s most ambitious undertaking to date has been a New Critical Edition of the Second Symphony, to be published later this year by Universal Edition and the Kaplan Foundation.

A faculty member of the Juilliard School (Evening Division), Mr. Kaplan has lectured at Harvard and Oxford universities and leading musical conservatories. He is a recipient of many honors, including an honorary Ph.D. from Westminster Choir College of Princeton, New Jersey, and serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall and the Visiting Committee to the Department of Music at Harvard University.

Gilbert Kaplan
FOTO: © Adrian Bradshaw

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