Mahler Festival at the San Francisco Symphony

As reported in the Los Angeles Chronicle, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra starts its 2009/10 season with a festival of Mahler’s music. Michael Tilson Thomas (see our video interview) is joined by soloists Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson.


Michael Tilson Thomas on Gustav Mahler

“Jump! Cut! Bang!”

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

Tilson Thomas: I remember very clearly the moment when Mahler’s music reached out and grabbed me; I was 13 years old. I was waiting at the house of my parents’ friends for some reason or another; they were very busy people and they said, “Would you like to listen to some music? For example, do you know Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde?” ”“ which of course I didn’t.

And they said, “Why don’t you listen to the last movement ”“ it’s about 20 minutes long and your parents should be here by then.” And they put on this section, and really I divide my life between before I heard that recording ”“ which was Ferrier and Walter ”“ and after I heard it. The music made a stunning impression on me.


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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