Gustav Mahler

Bernard Haitink
Todd Rosenberg / BSO

April 2, 2016

Murray Perahia is the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and Bernard Haitink conducts the Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler.

Gustav Mahler, in his younger days, was a vegetarian. There's a story, recounted by one of his biographers, about how the composer was teased by fellow musicians in a restaurant when he refused meat, instead asking for spinach and apples.

Mahler might have caught on to this way of eating from reading an essay by none other than classical music's most nortorious veggie-head, Richard Wagner.

via Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Gustav Mahler - Symphonic Poem in Two Parts (the original version of the Symphony No. 1)
New England Conservatory Philharmonia, Hugh Wolff, conductor
concert performance from Sept. 26, 2011, at Jordan Hall in Boston

This concert is no longer available.

Hear conductor Hugh Wolff on performing the original version of Mahler's Symphony No. 1

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