Mariss Jansons on Gustav Mahler

“With Mahler you have to give everything”

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

Jansons: I can’t remember the year exactly. I am not so young anymore that I can remember so many years ago [laughs]. I think it was approximately the end of the 50s or the beginning of the 60s, something like that, so I was probably around 16-18 years old.  I only remember that the first time I heard Mahler I was so impressed, it was like I was in heaven. Even though I was very young ”“ I think I was still studying at the music school or possibly already at the conservatory, I can’t say exactly ”“ but it made such a big impression on me; I was absolutely in heaven. And I understood that he was this genius, this great composer, and I suppose that when you are young in some ways you always think, ”˜that’s my composer’.


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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