Michael Tilson Thomas: How Mahler Changed My Life

For Gus­tav Mahler’s birth­day this week, we have Michael Tilson Thomas, direc­tor of the San Fran­cis­co Sym­pho­ny … and the YouTube Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra, revis­it­ing the pro­found impres­sion Mahler’s music made on his own per­son­al devel­op­ment. He recalls being intro­duced to Das Lied Von Der Erde when he was 13, and it marked an epiphanal divid­ing point in his life. There was life before Mahler, and a new life after. In this relat­ed clip, Leonard Bern­stein, Amer­i­ca’s great com­pos­er, offers a per­son­al intro­duc­tion to Das Lied Von Der Erde. You can find more inter­views with renowned orches­tra con­duc­tors here.

A big thanks to Zoran in Greece for send­ing these clips our way.

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