classical music

Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony: Mahler 6

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have won seven Grammys for their recordings of Mahler’s symphonies, including one for Symphony No.6.

Of their 2014 performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3 at Royal Festival Hall, The Guardian commented: ‘in Tilson Thomas' superb shaping of Mahler's final slow movement, the performance touched greatness, and held on to it.’

Mahler’s forceful, passion-laden Sixth Symphony seems to have a life of its own. Myths have grown up around its three hammer blows, which seemed to Mahler to portend three blows of fate that he experienced a year after the first performance: the death of his daughter, the diagnosis of his heart condition, and his forced resignation from the Vienna opera.

But the symphony Mahler may have named ‘the tragic’ is fuelled by vitally urgent emotional drama. Dark militaristic marches alternate with tender themes thought to depict his wife Alma. Despite its devastating resonances, it persists with heroic vitality in challenging the limits of musical convention.

The 2019/20 season marks Michael Tilson Thomas’ 75th birthday, and his 25th and final season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Some music and some performers seem made for each other. So it is with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, their Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, and American music.
The Telegraph


San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor


Mahler: Symphony No.6

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Royal Festival Hall


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Please note that there is no interval in this performance.