BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Runnicles Conducts Mahler 9
Sunday 27 April | 4pm
Please note: There is no interval. Latcomers may not be admitted. Please ensure you arrive in good time for the start of the performance.
Pärt Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Mahler Symphony No 9
Donald Runnicles Conductor
The very first bars of Mahler’s Ninth seem to falter. The stricken composer put the rhythm of his failing heart into the orchestra – and began his Ninth Symphony with a sigh of ‘farewell’. But that’s the beginning, not the end, and over 80 minutes of music Mahler wrings every last drop of sweetness, terror and love from a life of total emotional commitment. Every performance of Mahler’s Ninth is a unique occasion, and given Donald Runnicles’ special relationship with late Romanticism, this will prove to be unforgettable. Peace, meanwhile, comes dropping slow in Arvo Pärt’s minimalist elegy for Britten; a perfectly-chosen upbeat to Mahler’s overwhelming symphonic swansong.
Please Note: there will be no interval in this concert.
Prelude: 3pm (free to ticket holders) Dr Jeremy Barham, author of The Mahler Companion, reflects on the composer and his influence.
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