19:30 Thursday 24 Apr 2014 Grand HallCity Halls, Glasgow
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 one of the highlights of our season. 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: 6.45pm in the Recital Room (free to ticket-holders, limited seating availabilty)
Dr Jeremy Barham, author of The Mahler Companion, reflects on the composer and his influence.
There will be no coda after this concert.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Jamie MacDougall.