Live at Southbank Centre: London Philharmonic - Mendelssohn, Mahler
Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 (soloist: Nicholas Angelich). Mahler: Symphony No 9.
Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Nézet-Séguin conducts the LPO in Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto (with Nicholas Angelich) and Mahler's Ninth Symphony.
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.9
In 1907, ill and exhausted, Mahler faced spiritual and physical annihilation. He countered it by throwing himself into life with renewed passion. Nevertheless, his last completed symphony, the Ninth, would be a desperate farewell. In the words of his biographer Deryck Cooke, it represented 'a 'naked encounter with the arch-enemy himself, who invades the music, turning everything to dust and ashes'. That arch-enemy was death. Four movements, a new orchestral language and an emboldened emotional extremism: the ultimate Mahler symphony.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Nicholas Angelich, piano
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.