Prom 64: Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle - Boulez and Mahler
The Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle perform Boulez and Mahler at the BBC Proms
Presented by Martin Handley from the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 2nd September 2016.
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
The first of two concerts from this year's BBC Proms featuring the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle commemorates the towering genius that was the late Pierre Boulez.
Here Boulez's kaleidoscopic Éclat forms a prelude to perhaps Gustav Mahler's most radical symphony, a work in which his musical imagination stormed new territories in its fierce harmonies and wild scoring.
In the symphony's celebrated 'Night Music' serenades - eerie yet strangely calming nocturnes for orchestra, one hinging on a gently strumming guitar and mandolin - Mahler appears to look to a realm far beyond his own.