Zubin Mehta in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi (11 min.)
The collaboration between the Berliner Philharmoniker and Zubin Mehta dates back to 1961. In the autumn of 2019, just before setting off on their first joint Japanese tour, the orchestra and conductor presented Beethoven’s Eroica; a work that Mehta, as he reveals in conversation with Philharmoniker violinist Eva-Maria Tomasi, would most like to conduct every day. The conductor also has a special relationship with the second composition of the evening, Richard Strauss’ tone poem Don Quixote. For example, Mehta conducted performances of the work in which the part of the tragicomic title hero was taken by the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky – a section leader with the Philharmoniker between 1924 and 1929.