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 andÂ Thomas Hampson.
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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.