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Prom 72

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Royal Albert HallKensington Gore, London, Greater London, SW7 2AP, United Kingdom
On Thursday 7 September 2017 at 18:30
Festival: BBC Proms

If the Ninth Symphony is Mahler's musical 'dark night of the soul’, then the Sixth is the afternoon, dark with storm clouds, that preceded it. Although written at the happiest time of the composer’s life, the work builds gradually into a shattering frenzy of despair. ‘The hero,’ wrote Mahler, ‘is assaulted by three hammer-blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled.’ It was a musical vision that was to prove all too prescient for a composer who would soon suffer a series of life-changing personal heartbreaks. The Sixth Symphony is a Viennese work, and who better to champion it than the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted here – in the first of its two appearances this season – by regular collaborator Daniel Harding.

Tickets £18 - £70.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
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