Aug
18
2009

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Gustav Mahler

“Mahler embraced everything that exists”

Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?

Salonen: It might have been the 5th Symphony. My teacher, Jorma Panula, was the first Finnish conductor to conduct a complete Mahler cycle ”“ that is, all the Mahler symphonies ”“ in Finland in the 70s. I did hear every piece in the cycle during that time, but I cannot remember what the first one was. I do, however, remember feeling slightly bewildered. I was very familiar with Bruckner at the time, and I was very taken by the simplicity and clarity of form in Bruckner.

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Find the full interview in Gustav Mahler: The Conductors Interviews
Edited by Wolfgang Schaufler
ISBN: 978-3-7024-7162-0
ISMN: 979-0-008-08493-5
Order number: UE26311 (German Edition: UE26310)

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