Johannes Brahms finally overcame his writer’s block when it came to writing a symphony at the age of 43. The shadow of Beethoven loomed so ominously that the composer took decades to complete his Symphony No.1. This triumphal work has rightfully found its place among the masterpieces of the 19th-century repertoire.
At age 84, Herbert Blomstedt is one of the most experienced conductors currently on the international circuit. As The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns discovered, the older he gets, the deeper Blomstedt's personal and artistic convictions, and the less he cares if people share them.