BBC Proms
30 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 60 Prom 60: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Prom 60


19:00 Tuesday 30 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
  • Cantata No 82, 'Ich habe genug' Cantata No 82, 'Ich habe genug' Also known as: Cantata No 82 'Ich habe genug', BWV 82 (22 mins)
  • Anton Bruckner 1824–1896
  • Symphony No 9 in D minor (64 mins)

Death laid its hand on Anton Bruckner as he laboured over the incomplete last movement of his final symphony. But as life was leaving Bruckner, vision and faith were only strengthening in him.

Even in its incompleteness, Bruckner’s Ninth carries with it an inspiring optimism in the face of death. ‘Art had its beginning in God,’ believed Bruckner, ‘and so it must lead back to God.’ Appropriate sentiments given it is preceded by Bach’s cantata of resignation and acceptance ‘Ich habe genug’ from the thrilling bass-baritone of Christian Gerhaher.

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