“Mahler was a pioneer – not only a radical”
Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Nagano: The first time I heard Gustav Mahler’s music was indirectly through the television. I was a very young boy, it was in the early 1960s, and I heard the second movement of the 1st Symphony explained, and then conducted, by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. It was on what has now become a very famous television series called The Young People’s Concerts, and for many children like me, who lived in rural America, far away from the big cities, where we didn’t have regular access to symphony orchestras and opera houses, it was a tremendous outreach programme. I must have been eight years old at the time.