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Mahler Symphony No. 4

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Sunday 11 February 2018 at 19:30
Performers
Philharmonia Orchestra
Lahav ShaniConductor
Chen ReissSoprano

‘There is no music on the earth which can ever compare with ours’. So sings the soprano at the close of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, describing a heaven where angels bake the bread and Saint Peter fishes from a limitless pond. Mahler builds his symphony towards this celestial setting of a poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, musically working backwards to forge a path from experience to innocence, complexity to simplicity and so too a journey from earthly life to heaven. Alongside, soprano Chen Reiss performs Strauss’ lieder of life and love: ‘And to the shore, the wide shore with blue waves, we will descend quietly and slowly; we will look mutely into each other's eyes and the silence of happiness will settle upon us’ (‘Morgan’).

General booking opens 8 February 2017 9:30 am

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