Turning Point: Buoyed by Brahms

The conductor recalls the concert that changed his life

Without question, the major turning point in my life was in 1954, the first time I heard Karl Bohm and the Vienna Philharmonic. I went into what I think is the finest concert hall in the world, the Musikverein of Vienna, and heard one of the great orchestras play Brahms. I didn't know such a sound existed.

It was my first concert. All I had heard before this point in my native Bombay was our local, semiprofessional orchestra or records, and records in the early 1950s didn't have the sound we are used to today.

My principal inspiration was my...

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