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Mahler's Ninth
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Mahler's Ninth

Date: 25 Apr
Time: 19:30
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov - Conductor

The very first bars of Mahler's Ninth seem to falter.

The stricken composer put the rhythm of his failing heart into the orchestra, and launched his Ninth Symphony with a sigh of "farewell". But that's the beginning, not the end, and over eighty minutes of music Mahler wrings every last drop of sweetness, terror and love from a life of total emotional commitment. Mahler said that a symphony should embrace everything, and this is a Ninth Symphony like no other from a composer who never saw what lay in store for the twentieth century, but somehow seemed to sense the future. For today's guest conductor Ilan Volkov no music exists in a vacuum, and he loves nothing better than putting together the sort of concert that makes you listen with new ears. Today, he tells an unforgettable story.

PROGRAMME
Krása Overture for small orchestra, 6'
Klein Partita for strings, 16'
Mahler Symphony No. 9, 87'

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