Monday 25 July 2011
7.30pm – c9.00pm
Royal Albert Hall

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 9 (73 mins)
    • Sir Roger Norrington conductor
    • Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)
  • Edward Elgar

    Elegy, Op. 58 (5 mins) (encore)
    • Sir Roger Norrington conductor
    • Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)

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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