Herbert Blomstedt is one of the leading conductors in the world. He was born in America, in 1927. But his family was Swedish, and they moved back to Sweden when Herbert was a child. He has since conducted in Dresden, San Francisco, and many other places.

He is in New York this week, guesting with the New York Philharmonic. Jay sat down with him in his dressing room, for a leisurely, rich “Q&A.” They talk about his upbringing – his pianist mother, for example. And his relationship with composers – Beethoven, for example. And the state of things today.

The maestro has amazing stories to tell, and valuable insights to impart. For the music-minded and un-music-minded alike, this interview is a treat.

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  1. Franz Drumlin Member

    Lovely interview. Jay: your visits with classical musicians must be a regular feature of Q&A. Or, better yet, why not embark on a whole new series of podcasts? You’d have at least one dedicated listener.

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    • February 22, 2017, at 8:49 PM PST
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