Symphony No. 6

Symphony No. 6

Sir Simon Rattle and London Symphony Orchestra

Main Hall

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Programme

Mahler - Symphony No. 6 in a minor
This concert has no intermission

Musicians

London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle

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Simon Rattle and Mahler's Symphony No. 6
Mahler's Symphony No. 6 holds a special place in Sir Simon Rattle's heart. It is not without reason that he chose this Symphony No. 6 as his work to end his extremely successful period as chief conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic. That was in 2018. The farewell in Berlin meant a new beginning in London, as chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He also performed Mahler's Symphony No. 6 with this orchestra in the winter of 2017. With great success, Bachtrack wrote: 'This was an outstanding performance, powerful, bristling with rampant energy and, at times, serenely sublime and transcendental.'

Mahler's Symphony No. 6
In his Symphony No. 6, Mahler takes maximum advantage when it comes to timbres. He wrote "many" harps, all kinds of percussion and - if possible - several celestas. The enormous London Symphony Orchestra makes a tour full of peaks and valleys. Blissful vistas and utter despair alternate. In the first part Mahler incorporated a theme that had to represent his wife Alma. "I don't know if I succeeded, but you will have to take it." Alma was very touched: "None of his works came from the bottom of his heart as directly as this symphony."