Mahler on Film

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Talk Conference

Mahler on Film – presented by Gavin Plumley

  • Sun 2 Jun 2013
  • 10:30AM
Film still from 'Mahler auf der Couch'
Film still from 'Mahler auf der Couch'

Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland GateLondon SW7 1PQ


T 020 7225 7300

F 020 7225 7300


Many people's first experience of Mahler is in the cinema. Luchino Visconti's conspicuously sublime Death in Venice (1971) provided a version of the composer – death-addled, neurotic – which has prevailed. Ken Russell parodied Visconti in his 1974 biopic, though it is equally prone to exaggeration. Looking at these extravagant portrayals, Felix and Percy Adlon's Mahler auf der Couch (2010) and other recent Mahler-related films, Gavin Plumley will chart how our interpretation of the composer has been influenced by what we see as well as by what we hear.

Gavin Plumley is a Vice-President of the Gustav Mahler Society UK. A writer and broadcaster, Gavin specialises in the music and culture of Central Europe. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and had spoken at the Royal Opera House, ENO, the CBSO, V&A and the Neue Galerie New York, among others. He teaches at City Lit and has given talks at this year's ‘The Rest is Noise’ festival at the Southbank Centre. Gavin commissions and edits the English-language programmes for the Salzburg Festival.                     

Coffee and biscuits at 10.30 for 11.00 start   Finish 4.00pm
(There will be a selection of sandwiches – at cost-price – for lunch)