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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; New, expanded ed edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810998335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810998339
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.2 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin of Sherwood on 24 Mar 2014
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Do not under any circumstances pass up the opportunity to puchase (or at least see) this superbly produced volume. A terrific achievement by Gilbert Kaplan. Very Strongly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Malcolm on 5 Dec 2013
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Received in perfect condition and at the price
a really wonderful book. i would recommend this book
to any Mahler lover.
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Preparing for the Mahler Centenary 2 April 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE MAHLER ALBUM has been updated by author Gilbert Kaplan, one of the foremost authorities on Mahler having written and lectured extensively on Mahler, and as a conductor, he has led more than 50 orchestras around the world in acclaimed performances of the Second Symphony. The initial book was published in 1995, but in paving the way for the Mahler Centenary this very beautiful volume has been updated not only with commentary by Kaplan, but also b adding even more photographs of Gustav Mahler, from childhood to death mask. In addition to all of the well-reproduced photographs of the composer, his family, his colleagues, and the places where his works were premiered, there are also numerous cartoons that make us remember how many critics responded to the genius. His conducting techniques, while producing some of the finest performances of opera in history, were infamous in his demands form many extra rehearsals of nearly everything he conducted.

Now in this volume we have portraits of the artist as painted by some artists of his day as well as some 'retrospective portraits' that offer the visage of the genius in a kinder light. Through this collection of images are essays from Kaplan about what makes Mahler great as well as quotations from the period of Mahler's life and comments form those who recognized his genius far before the general public. This is a fitting tribute to Gustav Mahler and as his centenary approaches it will become a collector's item. Grady Harp, April 11
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Thank you, Gilbert Kaplan! 5 Feb 2014
By Mr John Haueisen - Published on Amazon.com
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Because of my deep love for Mahler's music, about six years ago I somehow scraped together more than a hundred dollars to buy a copy of The Mahler Album. For lovers of everything Mahler, the book is an absolute "must." My only regret was having to pay so much money, and I hoped that someday, Gilbert Kaplan might release a re-issue at a more affordable price.

That is what he has done...and then some!

Kaplan has retained all the beauty of the photographs and descriptions from his original work, AND he has made a few corrections or, better said, clarifications about some of the photos.

Many of the photographs have been "tuned-up" to improve their clarity. This improvement is especially noticeable in the photos of Mahler's composing cottage at Toblach. Also, there has been some repositioning of the photographs on the page, and enlargement of some pictures which adds to the impact on the reader. Color versions of several have replaced the previous B&W photos.

There are also additional chapters on "Posthumous Art," and "Postage Stamps" featuring Mahler.

Why a book containing all the known photographs of composer Gustav Mahler?

Gilbert Kaplan's "The Mahler Album" is a treasure of incalculable value for those who love the music of Gustav Mahler. It is often described as a collection of all known photographs of composer/conductor Mahler, yet it is much more than this. It is 336 pages, including photographs, a 22 page chronology of Mahler's life, and several additional pages comprising a chronology of all his works.

The Mahler images are grouped as those relating to Mahler, his family, his homes and halls, paintings, drawings and sculpture relating to Mahler, and finally dozens of period cartoons which help show the public's and the critics' attitudes toward Mahler.

Like Mahler's music, which most Mahlerians regard as "larger than life," the pages are 10 and one-half by 9 inches, which allows for an excellent presentation of the images.

And, I've saved the best for last: this work is most aptly introduced by an essay (pages 17-30) written in 1921 by Mahler's friend, the great scenery designer, Alfred Roller. Introducing the Album with Roller's insightful thoughts about Mahler is yet additional evidence of Gilbert Kaplan's brilliance, good taste, and love for Mahler. Mr. Kaplan, we are indebted to you! Those who love Mahler: this book is for you.
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A remarkable volume for any library. 25 Jan 2014
By Barbara Rudge - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gathers a vast collection of images of Mahler's public and private lives, one of the biggest names in Classical music. Not only music lovers, but anyone who's interested in arts shall appreciate it. There are pictures of a number of important contemporaries of his. People who lived the glorious days of German post-romantic culture. Ultimately, it is also a valuable historical registry.
Classic Book 17 Mar 2014
By Kathryn Sargent - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect companion to the new Mahler biography. Second edition MUCH cheaper than out-of-print first edition. Beautiful book with many pictures.
The Perfect Book for Mahler Lovers 27 Feb 2014
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a copy of the first edition of The Mahler Album as a gift so when I saw there was a new expanded edition of the book; I got a copy for myself.

The genesis of this book came from Alma Mahler, who asked Alfred Roller to put a photo album together. Mr. Roller also contributed a memoir of Mahler, which is included in this book and is a fascinating look at the private Gustav Mahler. The new album includes several new photographs from Mahler’s childhood, Mahler conducting, places where he lived or worked, a new section of cartoons, posthumous art and postage stamps and an additional photograph of Mahler’s death mask. Several photographs were assigned to a different time, most notably a photograph of Mahler standing of the deck of a ship during his Atlantic crossing, was reassigned to 1910 from 1911.

The previous edition of the album used a rectangular format (1.2 x 9.8 x 13 inches) while the new edition is more square (1.4 x 9.2 x 11 inches). The prior volume had a photograph of what was purported to be a pair of Mahler’s glasses (once in the possession of Bruno Walter), but as the new edition points out the glasses are now suspect as the prescription does not match another pair that he definitely owned. Hence, the new edition has a photograph of Mahler replacing the glasses. The book will be of interest for those of us who are fascinated by Mahler’s life and music and want a photographic history of his life. In that regard, The Mahler Album is an invaluable resource not only for the photographs of Mahler but as others saw him through caricatures, cartoons and works of art.
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