From the sounds outside his bedroom window—a kind of sonic goulash of military marches, ethnic dance bands, church bells, ritual prayer, and nature itself—Gustav Mahler fashioned symphonies of cosmic scale, great beauty, and jarring emotional twists and turns. And he did it all in the brief moments he could spare from his day job as one of Europe’s preeminent conductors. Join Michael Tilson Thomas as he returns to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler’s childhood, traces his musical roots, and his rise as a young conductor through his first symphony in 1888. It shocked the contemporary audience, but as Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony reveal, on location and in performance, this ground-breaking symphony contains elements of everything else that Mahler composed.

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The Orchard
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Documentary
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© 2011 San Francisco Symphony

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English (Stereo)

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