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Wednesday 29 August 2007 21:15-22:00 (Radio 3)
Norman Lebrecht talks to the conductor of this evening's prom, Mariss Jansons. One of the world's most sort after musicians and widely regarded as the conductor's conductor, he limits himself to a central line of romantic repertoire which he performs with infinite shifts of colour and mood. Aged 64 he now heads the orchestra of Bavarian Radio and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Born in hiding, after many of his mother's family were murdered in the Riga ghetto, he grew up in Soviet Russia and perfected his craft slowly over 23 years at the Oslo Philharmonic. His father, Arvid died of a heart attack while conducting in Manchester in November 1984 - Mariss himself had a near death experience during a performance 11 years ago.