Alan Gilbert on Gustav Mahler

“In New York he was kind of giving up”

Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?

Gilbert: I couldn’t swear that it was the first time I heard his music, but my first memory of Mahler is very clear. I was nine years old and my parents decided that it was time for me to hear all the symphonies of Mahler. The New York Philharmonic was playing a Mahler festival in Carnegie Hall, I think it was in September or October of 1976. They bought me a ticket and I heard all of his symphonies. I think the first one was the 5th and ”“ maybe because it was the first or maybe because there was this incedible trumpet solo that really struck my nine-year-old fancy ”“ that’s the one that stayed with me. But I did hear all the symphonies.


Find the full interview in Gustav Mahler: The Conductors Interviews
Edited by Wolfgang Schaufler
ISBN: 978-3-7024-7162-0
ISMN: 979-0-008-08493-5
Order number: UE26311 (German Edition: UE26310)

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