Feb
28
2011
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Herbert Blomstedt on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler must have been a great man”

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

Blomstedt: I think so. It was the 1st Symphony and I didn’t like it particularly. I was 14 or 15 and I thought it was vulgar. It was in Gothenburg. I am sure Issay Dobrowen conducted it very well, but I was right in the Bach-Beethoven-late-quartets-phase of my development, so anything that diverged too much from that I felt was not really worth my attention [laughs]. It took quite a few years before I realised that Mahler was great music.

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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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