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Marin Alsop

  • Conductor
  • Violinist

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Marin Alsop reviews

First Loves: Conductor Marin Alsop - Bowled Over By Brahms (September, 2010)
I remember lots of "firsts" where music is concerned, but there's one that really stands out for me. When I was 14 years old or so, I started attending a summer chamber music camp where we played chamber music day and night.

As I was passing through the dormitory hallway on my way to dinner one evening, I heard strains of a recording coming through someone's door. I was immediately drawn, almost like a magnet, to that closed door.
The music was mesmerizing, gripping and thrilling. Something happened to me that had never happened before: I felt deeply and profoundly moved by a piece of music. I gradually sank to the floor outside the door and found myself unexpectedly weeping, overcome by the beauty and power of the music.

The recording was the String Sextet in B-flat by Johannes Brahms, and I immediately asked my father to buy me a recording of the piece. I listened to that Amadeus Quartet (and guests) recording so many times that I think I wore it down to a state of see-through vinyl! To this day, when I hear the opening three notes of the B-flat Sextet, I feel transported and transformed.

I understood in that 14-year-old moment that music has the capacity to fundamentally touch and change each one of us, and I fell hopelessly in love with becoming a musician.

This emotional gravitation towards — and attachment to — the music of Brahms has lasted my entire life. And recording the Brahms Symphonies with the London Philharmonic was both deeply satisfying and hugely inspiring for me. I remember feeling again like a teenager in love … but that's what music can do for us all!

First Loves: Conductor Marin Alsop - Bowled Over By Brahms (September, 2010)
I remember lots of "firsts" where music is concerned, but there's one that really stands out for me. When I was 14 years old or so, I started attending a summer chamber music camp where we played chamber music day and night.

As I was passing through the dormitory hallway on my way to dinner one evening, I heard strains of a recording coming through someone's door. I was immediately drawn, almost like a magnet, to that closed door.
The music was mesmerizing, gripping and thrilling. Something happened to me that had never happened before: I felt deeply and profoundly moved by a piece of music. I gradually sank to the floor outside the door and found myself unexpectedly weeping, overcome by the beauty and power of the music.

The recording was the String Sextet in B-flat by Johannes Brahms, and I immediately asked my father to buy me a recording of the piece. I listened to that Amadeus Quartet (and guests) recording so many times that I think I wore it down to a state of see-through vinyl! To this day, when I hear the opening three notes of the B-flat Sextet, I feel transported and transformed.

I understood in that 14-year-old moment that music has the capacity to fundamentally touch and change each one of us, and I fell hopelessly in love with becoming a musician.

This emotional gravitation towards — and attachment to — the music of Brahms has lasted my entire life. And recording the Brahms Symphonies with the London Philharmonic was both deeply satisfying and hugely inspiring for me. I remember feeling again like a teenager in love … but that's what music can do for us all!