3:00pm, Sunday 21 May 2017
Gustav Mahler once said that the symphony should be like the world – “it should embrace everything”. And in his huge Seventh Symphony, that’s exactly what it sounds like he’s trying to do. Every Mahler symphony is a great emotional journey; but this one sweeps from an overcast Alpine lake through lovesongs, nightmares and nocturnal marches to an ear-splitting finish hung with jangling cowbells and laced with pitch-black humour. In short: Mahler doesn’t get much more Mahlerian than this – just as Haydn’s quietly subversive 88th Symphony sums up all its composer’s warmth and wit in a colourfully-painted nutshell. Thomas Dausgaard ends this Edinburgh series in a blaze of laughter and light.
Prelude: 2.00pm (free to ticket holders)
Thomas Dausgaard introduces the concert and discusses composers and the roots of their music.
Haydn Symphony No.88 (c.23’)
Mahler Symphony No.7 (c.80’)
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
Tickets £29, £24, £18.50 & £13 (Limited concessions available)
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