Today is the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth! There are few composers/conductors who have made an historic impression on music. Marin Alsop talks with Scott Simon here, and Thomas Hampson guides you through his favorite Mahler here. One more item of interest: Jason Weinberger and his interest in Mahler.

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