Conductor Mariss Jansons' View From the Podium

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Mariss Jansons, one of the world’s foremost conductors, leads the legendary New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna, seen by about 40 million people around the world.

Then that evening at 9 pm in New York, “Mad About Music” reprises Jansons’ earlier appearance on the show where he talks with host Gilbert Kaplan about a wide range of subjects:

— That despite his enormous experience, he still gets nervous before each performance.

— He believes a conductor’s talent is not just learned but is God-given.

— That music would play a more important role today if people were less materialistic and thought more about spiritual development.

— His favorite conductors: Carlos Kleiber, Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein.

— His musical selections include works by Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Strauss and Stravinsky.


Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major, OP. 92. Berliner Philharmoniker. Herbert von Karajan. Deutsche Grammophon 439 003-2.

Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E major, OP. 39. Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Mariss Jansons. Sony 93538.

Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben, OP. 40. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mariss Jansons. RCO Live 04005.

Igor Stravinsky The Firebird Suite. London Symphony Orchestra. Leopold Stokowski. Decca 475 150-2

Dmitri Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Mstislav Rostropovich. EMI Classics 5 67779 2.

“Stairway to the Stars.” Ella Fitzgerald. Verve B0002690-02.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein. Deutsche Grammophon 427 303-2.