Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler's Third Symphony

Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, illustrates and interprets Mahler’s 3rd Symphony.

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler's Third Symphony

Salonen walks us through Mahler’s work, a piece which has an additional significance for the conductor. Mahler’s 3rd Symphony was the piece upon which Salonen made his conducting debut with the Philharmonia in 1983 having stepped in at the last minute to conduct the orchestra. It was a moment that lit the spark to Salonen becoming the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor some 24 years later.

Mahler 3 is more like a space, it’s more like a landscape, which is liberating because for 90 minutes you don’t have to think about anything else
Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Philharmonia Orchestra perform five of Mahler’s symphonies this season at Southbank Centre

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