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Mahlers Ninth.


  • Krása Overture for small orchestra6′
  • Klein Partita for strings16′
  • Mahler Symphony No. 987′

The very first bars of Mahler’s Ninth seem to falter. The stricken composer put the rhythm of his failing heart into the orchestra, and launched his Ninth Symphony with a sigh of “farewell”. But that’s the beginning, not the end, and over eighty minutes of music Mahler wrings every last drop of sweetness, terror and love from a life of total emotional commitment. Mahler said that a symphony should embrace everything, and this is a Ninth Symphony like no other from a composer who never saw what lay in store for the twentieth century, but somehow seemed to sense the future. For today’s guest conductor Ilan Volkov no music exists in a vacuum, and he loves nothing better than putting together the sort of concert that makes you listen with new ears. Today, he tells an unforgettable story.

CBSO+ 6.15pm: Music writer and Austrophile Gavin Plumley introduces Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Please note that Ullman's Hebrew and Yiddish Folk Songs are no longer on the programme for this concert, and the CBSO Youth Chorus will no longer be performing. We apologise for any disappointment caused.


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