“Frozen for eternity in death”
Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Nott: Yes. I actually came across Mahler when I was eight years old, singing in the boys choir in Worcester Cathedral; it was Mahler’s 8th.
Was Mahler part of the repertoire when you discovered his symphonies in the UK?
Nott: I wouldn’t say I discovered them – apart from the 8th – I just had much more experience of the 8th than anything else. I wasn’t really a concert-goer.
I grew up in the Midlands, in Worcester; there were concerts, but it wasn’t like being in Vienna or even London. There were very few opportunities to experience a Mahler symphony, therefore I think my first encounters were in mainland Europe – Frankfurt, where I ended up in the late 80s.