BBC SSO 2013-14 Season Runnicles conducts: Mahler 9, Runnicles conducts: Mahler 9

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Arvo Pärt
  • Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
  • Mahler
  • Symphony No. 9

Concert Information

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. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Prelude: 3.00pm (free to ticket-holders):
Dr Jeremy Barham, author of The Mahler Companion, reflects on the composer and his influence.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

27 Apr 2014, 4.00pm
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Usher Hall

Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

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