The very first bars of Mahler's Ninth seem to falter. The stricken composer put the rhythm of his failing heart into the orchestra - and began his Ninth Symphony with a sigh of "farewell". But that's the beginning, not the end, and over eighty minutes of music Mahler wrings every last drop of sweetness, terror and love from a life of total emotional commitment. Every performance of Mahler's Ninth is a unique occasion, and given Donald Runnicles' special relationship with late Romanticism, this will prove to be one of the highlights of the season. Peace, meanwhile, comes dropping slow in Arvo Pärt's minimalist elegy for Britten; a perfectly chosen upbeat to Mahler's overwhelming symphonic swansong.
Please Note: there will be no interval in this concert. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Part ofBBC SSO 2013-14 Season
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