BBC Proms
2 Sep 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 64 Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle – Boulez and Mahler

Prom 64

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19:00 Friday 2 Sep 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Pierre Boulez 1925–2016
  • Éclat (10 mins)
  • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
  • Symphony No 7 in E minor (78 mins)

Sir Simon Rattle brings his Berlin Philharmonic to the Proms for two concerts, the first falling on the day the festival commemorates the towering genius that was the late Pierre Boulez.

Here Boulez’s kaleidoscopic Éclat forms a prelude to perhaps Gustav Mahler’s most radical symphony, a work in which his musical imagination stormed new territories in its fierce harmonies and wild scoring.
In the symphony’s celebrated ‘Night Music’ serenades – eerie yet strangely calming nocturnes for orchestra, one hinging on a gently strumming guitar and mandolin – Mahler appears to look to a realm far beyond his own.

There will be no interval

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