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Proms 2017 Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Prom 72
Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic – Mahler’s Sixth Symphony
18:30 Thu 7 Sep 2017 Royal Albert Hall
Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in this most powerful of Romantic symphonies, Mahler’s Sixth, dark with musical storm clouds, which builds gradually to a shattering climax.
Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in this most powerful of Romantic symphonies, Mahler’s Sixth, dark with musical storm clouds, which builds gradually to a shattering climax.

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If the Ninth Symphony is Mahler's musical 'dark night of the soul’, then the Sixth is the afternoon, dark with storm clouds, that preceded it. Although written at the happiest time of the composer’s life, the work builds gradually into a shattering frenzy of despair. ‘The hero,’ wrote Mahler, ‘is assaulted by three hammer-blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled.’ It was a musical vision that was to prove all too prescient for a composer who would soon suffer a series of life-changing personal heartbreaks.

The Sixth Symphony is a Viennese work, and who better to champion it than the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted here – in the first of its two appearances this season – by regular collaborator Daniel Harding.

There will be no interval

Image: Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves

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