The Berliner Philharmoniker was founded in 1882 as a self-governing body and has long been considered one of the world’s finest orchestras. Its current chief conductor and artistic director is Sir Simon Rattle.
Even before taking up his post as Chief Conductor, Simon Rattle enjoyed a 15-year collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Mahler’s last three symphonies all say the same thing, but so differently. The Ninth—like the immediately preceding, unnumbered symphony Das Lied von der Erde, but now without a singer at the conclusion as a guide—ends with a slow movement in which gestures of leave-taking are extended over a half-hour span.
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