In a concert from Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Jac van Steen conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Schoenberg's revolutionary Five Pieces.
Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Presented by Martin Handley.
Jac van Steen conducts the CBSO in Schoenberg's Five Pieces and Mahler's Seventh Symphony.
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra (1909 original version)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen, conductor
Mahler called it a "song of the night", and indeed, the Seventh is a Mahler symphony like no other. It begins in a boat on an Alpine lake and ends with trumpets aloft in blazing, roof-raising celebration. Along the way there are distant bugles, moonlit serenades and spine-chilling horror. The concert opens with a revolutionary masterpiece by one of Mahler's most devoted admirers, which received its premiere a hundred years ago. With an oversize orchestra and a kaleidoscope of colours and textures, Schoenberg looks decisively towards a brave new musical world - and sheds fresh light on Mahler's own futuristic vision.
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