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12 Aug 2017, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2017 Prom 36: Schubert and Mahler

Prom 36
Prom 36: Schubert and Mahler
19:30 Sat 12 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall
How do you solve a problem like an unfinished symphony? The BBC SSO and Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard offer answers in a programme that pairs Schubert’s Eighth Symphony with Mahler’s 10th, performed here in the performing version by Deryck Cooke.
How do you solve a problem like an unfinished symphony? The BBC SSO and Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard offer answers in a programme that pairs Schubert’s Eighth Symphony with Mahler’s 10th, performed here in the performing version by Deryck Cooke.

Programme

      • Symphony No 8 in B minor 'Unfinished'(26 mins)
        • interval
        • Symphony No 10 in F sharp minor (performing version by Deryck Cooke)(74 mins)

    About This Event

    How do you solve a problem like an unfinished symphony? In his first Proms appearance as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard offers two contrasting answers. Although Schubert started work on his Eighth Symphony nearly six years before his death, he never completed it and the two existing movements of this lyrical, proto-Romantic work are mostly performed without a scherzo or finale.

    Mahler’s final symphony grapples with darkness and doubt in music of rare anguish and intensity. It is presented tonight in the performing version by Deryck Cooke, which allows us to hear the work complete, in all its knotty, generous invention.

    Image: Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grøndahl

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