The concert begins with the world premiere of Remembering, an orchestral piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage (Anna Nicole). One of Britain’s most prominent and prolific living composers, his work is noted for its jazz inflections and uncompromising modernity. Though complex, it is often unashamedly emotive – a trait he shares with Gustav Mahler.
In the century since its composition,
Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (1903-4) has
become musical shorthand for both melodrama and desolation. Often nicknamed the ‘tragic’, its
ninety minutes contain some of the bleakest passages in the symphonic canon.
But don’t despair: it also contains some of the most irresistible rhythms and captivating melodies,
based on the military marches of his native Austria. Its awe-inspiring sense
of drama leaves much else in the shade.
|What||Simon Rattle conducts Mahler's 6th, Barbican Centre|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 19 Jan 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|