“Mahler controls chaos”
Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Oramo: I have to confess that I can’t remember. I went to concerts with my father quite often when I was young, especially when my mother was playing, she is a pianist. But Mahler’s music – I suppose it could have been when Igor Markevitch was conducting in Helsinki. And I seem to remember that my mother played Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto with him, and then there was Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. It could have been then.