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Prom 72: Vienna Philharmonic - Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Live at BBC Proms: The Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Daniel Harding perform Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

The Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Daniel Harding perform Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

Presented by Tom Service from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler: Symphony No 6 in A minor

Vienna Philharmonic
conductor Daniel Harding

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.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 6 in A minor (Proms 2017) Gustav Mahler

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge)

    Performer: Gerold Huber. Singer: Christian Gerhaher.
    • Christian Gerhaher: Mahler Lieder.
    • RCA Red Seal.
    • 3.
  • Post-concert

    • Edward Elgar

      There is sweet music, Op 53 No 1

      Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Stephen Westrop. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
      • Elgar: Choral Songs: London Symphony Chorus/Handley.
      • Hyperion.
      • 15.
    • Edward Elgar

      Deep in my soul, Op 53 No 2

      Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Stephen Westrop. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
      • Elgar: Choral Songs: London Symphony Chorus/Handley.
      • Hyperion.
      • 16.
    • Edward Elgar

      O wild west wind, Op 53 No 3

      Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Stephen Westrop. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
      • Elgar: Choral Songs: London Symphony Chorus/Handley.
      • Hyperion.
      • 17.
  • Edward Elgar

    Owls, Op 53, No 4

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Elgar: Choral Songs: London Symphony Chorus/Handley.
    • Hyperion.
    • 18.

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