Mariss Jansons in conversation with Gábor Tarkövi (12 min.)
Since Mariss Jansons won the Herbert von Karajan Competition in 1971, the career of Latvian maestro has been closely linked with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In the early summer of 2015, the conductor led the orchestra in works by Béla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich and Maurice Ravel. To mark the occasion he talks here with Gábor Tarkövi, who played under Mariss Jansons as chief conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks before he took over the position of principal trumpet with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2005. In this interview, Jansons looks back on his more than 40 years of collaboration with the orchestra, talks about his memories of the Soviet Union, his attachment to the music of Shostakovich, and of musical moments where he has to fight back the tears.