BBC Proms
25 Jul 2011 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2011 Prom 14: Mahler – Symphony No. 9 Prom 14: Mahler – Symphony No. 9

Prom 14: Mahler – Symphony No. 9

Played

19:30 Monday 25 Jul 2011 Royal Albert Hall

  • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
  • Symphony No. 9 (73 mins)
  • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
  • Elegy, Op. 58
    (encore) (5 mins)

About this event

Sir Roger Norrington has chosen Mahler's last completed symphony for his final concerts as Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 1998.

Written at a time of personal crisis, the Ninth begins with what some have heard as the irregular rhythm of Mahler's own failing heartbeat and it ends with a long fade to eternal nothingness. In between comes perhaps the greatest, certainly the most cathartic, of all late- Romantic symphonies. Sadly, the composer did not live to hear it.

Tonight's performance promises to be both a moving occasion and a revealing one, taking up the faster pacing and purer orchestral sonorities of the composer's own time.

There will be no interval

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