Introducing Mahler's Symphony No. 9

Watch our short introduction to Mahler's Symphony No. 9


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Booking Info

Royal Festival Hall 2013/14

  • Please note that a transaction fee of £1.75 will be added to each order made online.
  • Tickets booked fewer than five working days before the date of the concert will be available for collection at the ticket office from 6.30pm on the day of the performance.
  • Concessions: 50% off all ticket prices for full-time students, benefit recipients (Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit) and under-16s (maximum 4 per transaction. Not applicable to Family Concerts) only. Limited availability; appropriate cards will be checked on admission.

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Only nine tickets per concert can be bought online. Bookings of ten or more seats for the same concert are eligible for the group booking discount of 20%. Please call the London Philharmonic Orchestra Group Booking Line on 020 7840 4205 for further details.

Offline booking

London Philharmonic Orchestra ticket office: 020 7840 4242
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. £2.75 transaction fee

Southbank Centre ticket office: 0844 847 9920
Daily 9.30am-8pm. £2.75 transaction fee. All ticketing staff at Southbank Centre can take typetalk calls.
In person at Southbank Centre: no transaction fee.

Minimum age

7.30pm concerts are not recommended for children of five years and under, and Southbank Centre staff reserve the right to refuse entry to young children for these events. We recommend our FUNharmonics concerts for children.


‘This was a consistently philosophical account of the Symphony, speaking more to the head with its cogently formulated arguments – thoughtfully considered and weighed up – than to the heart, nerves and viscera. Some might argue that it was less typically ‘Mahlerian’, yet the performance was the successful outcome of the conductor and orchestra’s dedicated concentration.’
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 29 March 2014

‘Yannick Nézet-Séguin and LPO were at one with the soloist, providing all he needed to magnify this work to the limits of its passionate expressive capability. It was a very fine performance indeed.’
Ken Ward,, 29 March 2014

‘Nicholas Angelich was the soloist in the Mendelssohn, realised on a grand scale but with terrific panache. Mahler's great confrontation with mortality got off to an uncertain start with a shapeless account of the opening andante. Things rapidly improved thereafter. The bitter ironies of the central movements were immaculately judged; the finale, consolatory rather than bleak, was extraordinarily beautiful.’ (4 stars)
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 30 March 2014

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Mahler’s Emotional Extremism

Mahler’s final symphony

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

JTI Friday Series

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
Mahler Symphony No. 9

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Nicholas Angelich piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

In 1907 the ‘three blows of fate’ that Mahler had prophesised in his Sixth Symphony became a reality. Ill, exhausted and very nearly defeated, Mahler faced spiritual and physical annihilation. He countered it by throwing himself into life with renewed passion and insistence. 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, live at Royal Festival Hall.

Generously supported by Dunard Fund

Please note latecomers will not be admitted until the interval.

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