A lone trumpet sounds in the darkness and Gustav Mahler begins his great symphonic struggle from tragedy to triumph – by way of midnight storms, joyous horn-calls, and arguably the most tender love-letter ever written without words: the rapturous 'Adagietto'. In this opening concert of the new season, Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard brings both his unequalled command of symphonic structure, and his profound feeling for late romanticism. Bruch’s much-loved Violin Concerto comes from the same world of solitary wanderers and distant horn-calls. It’s perfect for what one critic has called the “lovely freedom and sense of fantasy” of Henning Kraggerud – a violinist who has something fresh to say in even the most familiar music. And to begin, discover the extraordinary soundworld of Chaya Czernowin. “Can you imagine making your ear into a huge microphone listening to an amalgam of noises like the noises inside one’s body, then at once listening to a huge crowd of thousands of people?”, she asks. This “large scale miniature” evokes exactly that.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room (free to ticket-holders, subject to seating availability): Thomas Dausgaard introduces the BBC SSO's 2019/20 Season and tonight’s opening concert.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Kate Molleson.