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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Runnicles conducts Mahler 9Sunday, 27th April 2014 - 4:00 PM Buy Now
Arvo Pärt Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten (c.7')
Mahler Symphony No.9 (c.85')
Donald Runnicles Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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 eighty 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: 3.00pm (free to ticket holders) Dr Jeremy Barham, author of The Mahler Companion, reflects on the composer and his influence.
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