Proms 2018
9 Aug 2018, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2018 Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern

Prom 36
Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern
19:30 Thu 9 Aug 2018 Royal Albert Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra take a journey from the aphoristic brilliance of Webern through the bittersweet beauty of Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony, to Wagner’s expansive music-drama Die Walküre.
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra take a journey from the aphoristic brilliance of Webern through the bittersweet beauty of Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony, to Wagner’s expansive music-drama Die Walküre.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen take a musical journey from aphorism to epic.

Barely six minutes long, Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra distils expression down to its most concentrated form, every musical gesture carrying infinite weight and colour.

By contrast, Wagner’s Die Walküre, the second instalment of his monumental Ring cycle, explores musical expansion and amplitude, offering an all-consuming vision of illicit love.

At the midpoint is the Adagio from Mahler’s 10th Symphony – music that grasps towards eternity and immortality but that was to remain tragically unfinished at the composer’s death.

Image: Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela

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