Gustav Mahler knew that no great composer wrote more than nine symphonies. And, struggling with heart disease, stricken by the loss of a child and tormented by love for his fickle young wife, the last thing he wanted to do was to tempt fate. But in his final completed symphony, he took everything the world had thrown at him, and distilled it into some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful music of the twentieth century. The result is one of the defining artworks of its time. Eight decades later, British composer Mark Anthony Turnage faced a similar dilemma: his cello concerto Kai, a heartfelt elegy to a friend who died young, is the definitive answer to those who still think that contemporary music can’t touch the heart, and a wonderful complement to Mahler’s rapturous vision.
6.15pm Pre-concert talk with novelist, journalist and blogger Jessica Duchen.
Part of The Birmingham Mahler Cycle
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conductor
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Ulrich Heinen cello
Turnage Kai 18’
Mahler Symphony No. 9 87’
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