“I would never have asked him anything”
Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Maazel: The first time I conducted a movement of a Mahler symphony was in Tanglewood. I was a young conductor – I was 20, I think – and I conducted the first movement of Mahler’s 2nd, and that was my first contact with his music.
When did I first hear it? Well, sometime in my teens, rather late I would think. I was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony for three years; I played in the violin section, first as a 2nd and then as a 1st, and I do not remember ever having played a Mahler symphony during those three years.