Esa-Pekka Salonen on the challenge of Mahler's 9th Symphony

Symphony No. 9 was the last symphony completed by the Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler. In this short video, composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen talks of the complexities of conducting this enigmatic work.

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler's Ninth Symphony (Philharmonia Orchestra)

Salonen describes the symphony as a profound statement, a problematic piece which he finds himself interpreting differently each time he comes back to it; ‘frustrating, but endlessly fascinating’.

The idea of right and wrong from the point of view of interpretation with this piece seems irrelevant
Esa-Pekka Salonen, on Mahler's Symphony No. 9

Esa-Pekka Salonen appeared at Southbank Centre in November 2017 conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No.9.

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