Experience the might and magnificence of Mahler. Not one for half-measures, the composer believed a symphony should be like the world, “it must contain everything.”
In his Fourth Symphony, he takes us to the heavens themselves as we travel through the gates of paradise and into angelic realms.
Mahler chose to do something no composer had ever done before by ending his symphony with a song for solo voice. Titled, ‘The Heavenly Life’, the song’s air of bright innocence captures the symphony’s overall sense of gemütlichkeit – an untranslatable German word that suggests both belonging and cosiness. Settle in as Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leads us to paradise.
MARK HOLDSWORTH Fifty Fanfares Commission
SCHUBERT Lieder selections
MAHLER Symphony No.4
DONALD RUNNICLES conductor
JACQUELINE PORTER soprano
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