Series Description: This series explores the life and music of Gustav Mahler. In "Origins, " Michael Tilson Thomas journeys to the provincial Austro-Hungarian city of Mahler's childhood, traces his musical roots, follows his rise as a young conductor, and, with the help of the San Francisco Symphony, escorts us through the creation and shocking premiere of Mahler's First Symphony. "Legacy" examines Mahler's grand achievements and great sorrows -- his career-crowning appointments in Vienna and New York, and the sudden, tragic death of his daughter --and shows how his stormy inner life inspired new heights of creativity.
Beethoven's Eroica (#101)
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony explore Beethoven's revolutionary symphony. [56 minutes]
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (#102)
Michael Tilson Thomas tells the story behind The Rite of Spring, with the San Francisco Symphony. [60 minutes]
Michael Tilson Thomas discovers how Aaron Copland created a revolution in American music. [56 minutes]