The late Mariss Jansons enjoyed long relationships with many high profile orchestras, the Oslo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Concertgebouw Orchestras among them. Born in Latvia in 1943, Jansons's life began with drama and tragedy, as his mother gave birth to him in secret following her flight from the Riga ghetto, where her father and brother had succumbed to the Nazi regime. Following violin lessons with his conductor father, the young Jansons completed his studies in Leningrad and was spotted by Herbert von Karajan in 1971. Despite Karajan's offer of a position as his assistant in Berlin, Janssons received no word of the opportunity, as the Soviet authorities declined to pass on the message. Having eventually left the USSR for engagements in Norway and beyond, Janssons took up the position of music director with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. This award-winning album of Rachmaninov's two epic tone poems was recorded in 2018 and attracted great critical acclaim.