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Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mahler 9

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Thursday 30 November 2017 at 19:30

“It is terrifying, and paralysing, as the strands of sound disintegrate... in ceasing, we lose it all. But in letting go, we have gained everything.” So wrote Leonard Bernstein about Mahler's last completed work, his Ninth. The symphony grows from a serene, understated opening.

It journeys through a country waltz and frantic Rondo-burleske, which is triggered by solo trumpet, before at last opening out onto the spacious, hymn-like plain of the final movement from where, ever so gradually, each strand of sound gently falls away into silence. 

General booking opens 8 February 2017 9:30 am

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
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