Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler's First Symphony

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 16:27

Esa-Pekka Salonen reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time, as provocation eventually turns to nostalgia and the music’s shocking moments turn to sweetness.

In this video the Finnish composer and conductor, who will lead Philharmonia Orchestra in their upcoming rendition of Mahler, considers how perception of the piece among audiences has changed since it was originally composed.

It's a wild piece by a wild young man and should not be treated with any kind of reverence
Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler’s First Symphony

Join Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra on Thursday 12 April for this cosmic journey, as Mahler takes the listener through a world of klezmer, Austrian countryside and even Frère Jacques – with a few kicks here and there. 

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