BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
5 Apr 2019, Music Hall, Aberdeen
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BBC SSO 2018-19 Season Mahler’s ‘Song of the Earth’ in Aberdeen

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Mahler’s ‘Song of the Earth’ in Aberdeen
19:30 Fri 5 Apr 2019 Music Hall, Aberdeen

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Mahler’s last word, they say, was “Mozart” – but he’d already said his farewells in music, and nowhere more movingly than in 'Das Lied von der Erde': a ninth symphony in all but name that distils every last drop of life’s sorrow and sweetness into six heartrending songs. It’s a perfect complement for both the youthful sunlight and joy of Mozart’s exuberant 'Haffner' symphony – written for a family celebration in Salzburg – and the eloquent sadness of Takemitsu’s 'Requiem for strings': a poignant meditation on mortality from a composer who embraced both East and West. An evening of ravishing music from the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus, Donald Runnicles, plus two singers whose unflinching emotional commitment has won international acclaim.

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