Maazel reveals the truth about Mahler

The Paris-born American conductor Lorin Maazel is preparing to lead Classic FM’s Orchestra On Tour, the Philharmonia, through a new Mahler Cycle.

Beginning at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 April, the cycle will feature a host of both symphonies and songs by the great composer.

Maestro Maazel discussed in depth with Anne-Marie Minhall how he came to love Mahler’s work. He was also keen to set the record straight about Mahler's character, dispelling his difficult and reclusive image.

The Philharmonia’s Mahler Cycle with Maazel begins on 12 April with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Songs Of The Wayfarer. Tickets are still available at

Watch a longer film in which Anne-Marie Minhall talks to Lorin Maazel here

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