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Proms 2011 Prom 56: Strauss & Mahler

Prom 56: Strauss & Mahler
19:30 Fri 26 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall
Youthful high jinks and a tragic masterpiece of infinite scope.
Youthful high jinks and a tragic masterpiece of infinite scope.

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For his second Prom this season, Semyon Bychkov conducts one of Mahler's most perfectly realised works, 'the only sixth, despite the "Pastoral" ', in the words of Alban Berg.

This is music of exceptional range and power, whose fateful hammer-blows seem to portend the crises in Mahler's own life and the wider world. The curtain-raiser is a mini-concerto with echoes of Brahms and Liszt, especially in its treatment of the piano.

Kirill Gerstein, an exceptional artist with roots in jazz as well as the classics, makes his first Proms appearance in the main hall.