Introducing Mahler's Symphony No. 9
Watch our short introduction to Mahler's Symphony No. 9
Royal Festival Hall 2013/14
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‘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, Bachtrack.com, 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
Mahler’s Emotional Extremism
Mahler’s final symphony
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
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