German-born composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Leonard Bernstein was a great talker about music. In these pages, conductor Marin Alsop told of how, at the age of nine and already a seasoned concert(...)

Gustav Mahler recalled that ‘my friends avoided me in terror. Not a single one of them dared to speak to me about the work’. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

Mahler wrote his First Symphony in 1888. The year before, Stanford had produced his Irish symphony, and a year later, the year in which Mahler’s symph(...)

Marin Alsop: ‘I imagine it’s like when someone has a religious calling, and they just somehow get this lightning bolt’

As Marin Alsop tells it, it’s rather like a fairy tale. She went to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts at the age of nine, and had an (...)