Today marks 100 years since the death of Gustav Mahler. Can you believe he was only 50? In his day, musicians either loved him or hated him – even Lorin Maazel, a valued interpreter of Mahler’s music, thought that he was listening to the ravings of a maniac upon hearing Mahler’s 7th Symphony. Now, Mahler’s symphonies are everywhere.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of his untimely death, some kinds words from some of Mahler’s admirers – and from Mahler himself.