Originally Posted by Doc Sarvis
The Utah Symphony was one of the first to record Mahler, so there is a historical connection here as well. I can't wait!
You know that Abravanel was one of Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel's many lovers, don't you? She and her third husband, poet and author Franz Werfel fled Germany when the Nazis came into power (Werfel was Jewish, and although Alma was not, her daughter Anna Mahler, Gustav's daughter was in danger). On the way to America, they stopped at Lourdes where
Werfel was inspired to write his famous book, The Song of Bernadette
. After they came to the USA, they settled in Hollywood, the book was turned into a movie with the young starlet that David Selznick was sleeping with, Jennifer Jones, who won the oscar for the portrayal (they later married after Selznick divorced Irene Mayer, daughter of Louis B.). Alma got bored with life in California and set off travelling around the country to promote her first husband Mahler's music with Franz in tow. When she arrived in Utah, she and Abravanel hit it off, and poor Franz, as usual, just smiled and shrugged.
I would say that there certainly is a lot of history there!