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Mahler 6


Fri 10 Jun 2011, 6:30pm

Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: NZSO

Pietari Inkinen - conductor

Mahler - Symphony No. 6 Tragic

Experience PASSION with the NZSO.

No less than in his other great symphonies, Mahler explores a rich and exultant range of emotional states in his Sixth symphony. Written at one of the happiest times of his life, basking in the happiness he’d found with his new wife Alma and celebrating the birth of his first child, the symphony’s “story” is one of many shadings. By turns, the symphony exults in the rapture of love, depicts the innocent games of children at play, and seduces the listener with a restful andante. But coursing through the work is an intriguing darker shading, which reaches its apotheosis in the heart-grabbing final movement.

The subtitle Tragic which later became associated with the Sixth derives from its conclusion, a stunning depiction of the hammer-blows of fate, contrasting so startlingly with the euphoric climaxes of earlier works like the Resurrection Symphony, but no less powerful to the listener for that. Reclining into our seat in the concert hall, we should become excited at the prospect of embarking upon a rich emotional journey in the company of one of classical music’s great imaginations, writing at the peak of his powers, and a world class conductor renown for his magisterial Mahler performances with the NZSO.

“…a symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything.” -Gustav Mahler

“No work ever flowed so directly from his heart as this did. We both wept then; so deeply did we feel this music and what it told us of the future.” -Alma Mahler on the completion of the 6th symphony

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