Sat, May 17 Mahler Festival: Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker: Symphony No. 9
Once upon a time, the Berliner Philharmoniker was led by Gustav Mahler. Now, with conductor Kirill Petrenko, the legendary orchestra plays Mahler's Ninth Symphony. A farewell to life, and an ode to life's beauty.
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One of the world's most legendary orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, has been led by Kirill Petrenko for several years. Upon his appointment, Die Welt called him 'the world's most unknown famous conductor'. Petrenko hardly ever gives interviews, so he can totally focus on the music. Today, that music comes from a man who once also conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker: Gustav Mahler. You will hear the Ninth Symphony.
'Youth gone, love blown away', Mahler noted in the score of his Ninth Symphony. Like no other work in his 'small family' of symphonies, the Ninth treats extremes. It is a farewell to life, but at the same time an ode to its beauty. Presence, absence, even of sounds: Mahler plays with them, with picture-perfect results. Sometimes called the 'completion of Romanticism', the symphony was the last one Mahler would complete.
Symphony No. 9 in D major