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Mahler's Symphonies 1 and 5

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Tackle Mahler’s Symphonies No.1 and No.5 in this study day.

Mahler’s reputation as a fiery conductor overshadowed his compositional career in his lifetime, but following a ban on his work during WWII, his works have expanded across the classical music world as some of the most frequently performed and recorded. His meatiest and most well-known are undoubtedly his symphonies.

Hosted by writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley and featuring music expert Katy Hamilton, this session gives you an in-depth look at Mahler's life and times, examining the composer’s turbulent professional and personal life and how his ambitious compositions changed the genre.

We explore Mahler's music and influence beyond the concert hall through discussion and a variety of media, including live performances from mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and collaborative pianist Simon Lepper.

This study day complements the performances of Mahler’s Symphonies No.1 and No.5 by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (the musical mammoth with whom Mahler was assisting when he first sketched Symphony No.1) on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 October 2018.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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