Available until 3 July 2019

Mahler Symphony No. 1

Conductor Herbert Blomstedt has turned 90, but has a baffling mental and physical presence on the podium.

He discovered Mahler as chief conductor in Dresden at the end of the 1970s. “I read a lot there about the history and traditions of European Jews, about the village musicians and the songs that expressed both longing and grief.Mahler’s first symphony has a theme from a Jewish folksong, which I perceived as an equivalent of Beethoven’s picture of folk life, adapted for a symphonic context. And I saw how brilliantly orchestrated it was! Since then, I love his music.”

No wonder with such fanciful and inspired music!


Mahler Symphony No. 1 54 min


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt conductor

Recorded for GSOplay


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