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Gustav Mahler Piano Quartet in a minor
Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Presented by Martin Handley.
Jac van Steen conducts the CBSO in Schoenberg's Five Pieces and Mahler's Seventh Symphony.
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen, conductor
Mahler called it a "song of the night", and indeed, the Seventh is a Mahler symphony like no other. It begins in a boat on an Alpine lake and ends with trumpets aloft in blazing, roof-raising celebration. Along the way there are distant bugles, moonlit serenades and spine-chilling horror. The concert opens with a revolutionary masterpiece by one of Mahler's most devoted admirers, which received its premiere a hundred years ago. With an oversize orchestra and a kaleidoscope of colours and textures, Schoenberg looks decisively towards a brave new musical world - and sheds fresh light on Mahler's own futuristic vision.