Riccardo Chailly on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler’s First was the great emotion of my youth”

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

Chailly: Yes, very clearly; it was in the early 60s in Rome, at the Auditorium del Foro Italico with the RAI Rome Orchestra. I attended a rehearsal of the 1st Symphony, conducted by Zubin Mehta, who was very young at that time. I was there because my father was working at the RAI Rome, programming classical music. He had to leave for a meeting and said, “Stay here for one hour and don’t move, don’t talk, don’t do anything!” When I heard the power of the music it left me feeling at a complete standstill. I didn’t know what to do, how to react” – it was the great emotion of my youth.


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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