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Symphony No. 1 in Manchester

Monday 11 Apr 2011 / 19:30 / Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Lorin Maazel conductor

Michelle DeYoung

MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

'The symphony is a world' Mahler proclaimed to Sibelius, and few composers have written music that conjures up as vast a range of musical imagery as his First Symphony. From the evocative opening, marked 'like a sound of nature', to a funeral march based on Frère Jacques and the sounds of military and folk bands it is a work of enormous power and breadth. Mahler's symphonies are intimately connected to his songs and Maestro Maazel has chosen the finest interpreters of Mahler's vocal music to illuminate this music across the cycle. Tonight we hear Michelle DeYoung perform the cycle Songs of a Wayfarer, the second song of which became the theme of the First Symphony's opening movement.

Also this evening: 6.30pm Pre-concert event. Peter Davison discusses performing Mahler with members of the Philharmonia. Post-concert Divertimento.

Symphony No. 1 in London

Tuesday 12 Apr 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Michelle DeYoung

MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

'The symphony is a world' Mahler proclaimed to Sibelius, and few composers have written music that conjures up as vast a range of musical imagery as his First Symphony. From the evocative opening, marked 'like a sound of nature', to a funeral march based on Frère Jacques and the sounds of military and folk bands it is a work of enormous power and breadth. Mahler's symphonies are intimately connected to his songs and Maestro Maazel has chosen the finest interpreters of Mahler's vocal music to illuminate this music across the cycle. Tonight we hear Michelle DeYoung perform the cycle Songs of a Wayfarer, the second song of which became the theme of the First Symphony's opening movement.

Symphony No. 2, Resurrection in London

Sunday 17 Apr 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Sally Matthews
Michelle DeYoung
BBC Symphony Chorus

MAHLER Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Scored for a vast orchestra, including ten horns, eight trumpets and an off-stage brass band, together with two solo singers and massed voices, the monumental Resurrection Symphony opens in the darkness of death and moves through the gamut of emotions, to a visionary choral finale in which the heavens open.

Symphony No. 6 in London

Tuesday 19 Apr 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 6

A powerful and emotionally-charged symphony, Mahler considered renaming his Sixth the 'Tragic'. It reaches a shattering conclusion in the Finale that represents 'the hero, on whom fall three hammer-blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled.'

Symphony No. 6 in Basingstoke

Thursday 21 Apr 2011 / 19:45 / The Anvil, Basingstoke

Lorin Maazel conductor

MOZART Serenade No. 12 in C minor for wind octet, K. 388
MAHLER Symphony No. 6

Mozart's wind serenades range from genial entertainments to serious masterpieces, and this C minor work is one of the very best. Mahler's Sixth Symphony was composed between 1903 and 1905. This was outwardly the happiest period of the composer's life, but the symphony turned out to be an epic and disturbing work, about which Mahler later developed a superstitious fear. It begins with a frighteningly energetic arch, followed by a scherzo and a delicately scored andante. The huge final movement is a turbulent struggle interrupted by 'hammer blows of Fate' which lead the work to its tragic conclusion.

Symphony No. 4 in Bristol

Wednesday 27 Apr 2011 / 19:30 / Colston Hall, Bristol

Lorin Maazel conductor

Akiko Suwanai
Sarah Fox

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

Mahler's Symphony No. 4 features in this concert as part of the Maazel: Mahler Cycle 2011, a series marking 100 years since the composer's death. The climax of the symphony is the soprano setting of Das himmlisches Leben (The Heavenly Life), taken from the collection of German folk poems, Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn), sung here by the soprano Sarah Fox. In the same concert, Suwanai Akiko plays Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto, noted for its memorable "Turkish" episode in the finale, a piece of music which reflects the then craze for all things Ottoman.

Also this evening: 6.25pm Pre-concert talk. Free with a concert ticket. Peter Yeman interviews a key player from the evening ahead for an entertaining and different take on the classical world.

Symphony No. 4 in London

Thursday 28 Apr 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Sarah Fox
Simon Keenlyside

MAHLER Ruckert-Lieder
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, settings of poems by Friedrich Rückert, dwell on a variety of Mahlerian themes, including love and life, loneliness and death. This evening they are paired with Mahler's sunniest symphony, which in its final movement depicts a child's view of paradise with a soprano setting of the Wunderhorn song 'Das himmlisches Leben' (The Heavenly Life).

Also this evening: 6pm Pre-concert talk, Royal Festival Hall. Visions of heaven and earth. Julian Johnson explores the world of Mahler's Wunderhorn songs, with live musical illustrations from soprano Bibi Heal. FREE admission.

Symphony No. 5 in Warwick

Wednesday 4 May 2011 / 20:00 / Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

Lorin Maazel conductor

Akiko Suwanai

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

Mahler's Symphony No. 5 features in this performance as part of the Maazel: Mahler Cycle 2011 - marking 100 years since the composer's death. Perhaps best known for its slow movement, the Adagioetto for harp and strings, a piece of music made famous by Visconti's film of Death in Venice. The dark-to-light pattern from his earlier symphonies is apparent here as well - starting with a funeral march and ending with an exuberant finale.

Also this evening: 6.45pm Pre-Concert Talk, Conference Room. A panel of Philharmonia players in conversation with Paul McGrath, Director of Music, University of Warwick. Tickets £2, Subscribers £1.

Symphony No. 5 in London

Thursday 5 May 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Sarah Connolly
Matthias Goerne

MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

This evening's concert is sponsored by the Meitar Family Fund. 'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry Des Knaben Wunderhorn also performed this evening.

This evening's concert is sponsored by the Meitar Family Fund.

Symphony No. 3 in London

Sunday 8 May 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Christianne Stotijn
Tiffin Boys' Choir

MAHLER Symphony No. 3

A hymn to the natural world, Mahler's Third Symphony is his most expansive, with a massive first movement suggesting the awakening of spring , four contrasting middle movements and a slow-building Adagio finale marked 'Slow. Calm. Deeply felt.' in which, in Mahler's words, 'Nature in its tonality may ring and resound'.

Symphony No. 6 in Luxembourg

Wednesday 11 May 2011 / 20:00 / Philharmonie, Luxembourg

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 6

Mahler's Sixth Symphony was composed between 1903 and 1905. This was outwardly the happiest period of the composer's life, but the symphony turned out to be an epic and disturbing work, about which Mahler later developed a superstitious fear. It begins with a frighteningly energetic arch, followed by a scherzo and a delicately scored andante. The huge final movement is a turbulent struggle interrupted by 'hammer blows of Fate' which lead the work to its tragic conclusion.

Symphony No. 4 in Luxembourg

Thursday 12 May 2011 / 20:00 / Philharmonie, Luxembourg

Lorin Maazel conductor

Sarah Fox
Michelle DeYoung

MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

A selection of Mahler's song settings from the collection of German folk poetry Des Knaben Wunderhorn is performed this evening. They are paired with Mahler's sunniest symphony, which in its final movement depicts a child's view of paradise with a soprano setting of the Wunderhorn song 'Das himmlisches Leben' (The Heavenly Life).

Symphony No. 6 in Paris

Friday 13 May 2011 / 20:00 / Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 6

Mahler's Sixth Symphony was composed between 1903 and 1905. This was outwardly the happiest period of the composer's life, but the symphony turned out to be an epic and disturbing work, about which Mahler later developed a superstitious fear. It begins with a frighteningly energetic arch, followed by a scherzo and a delicately scored andante. The huge final movement is a turbulent struggle interrupted by 'hammer blows of Fate' which lead the work to its tragic conclusion.

Symphony No. 7 in Paris

Saturday 14 May 2011 / 20:00 / Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 7

Sometimes called 'Song of the Night', Mahler's Seventh Symphony is a journey from night to day. An opening movement inspired by an evening boat ride on an alpine lake, two 'Nachtmusik' movements and a ghostly scherzo give the work its nocturnal quality before sunlight emerges in its jubilant finale.

Symphony No. 5 in Paris

Sunday 15 May 2011 / 16:00 / Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 10, Adagio
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 5 in Hamburg

Tuesday 17 May 2011 / 19:30 / Laieszhalle, Hamburg

Lorin Maazel conductor

Janine Jansen

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 1 in Bonn

Wednesday 18 May 2011 / 20:00 / Beethovenhalle, Bonn

Lorin Maazel conductor

Janine Jansen

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

'The symphony is a world' Mahler proclaimed to Sibelius, and few composers have written music that conjures up as vast a range of musical imagery as his First Symphony. From the evocative opening, marked 'like a sound of nature', to a funeral march based on Frère Jacques and the sounds of military and folk bands it is a work of enormous power and breadth. Mahler's symphonies are intimately connected to his songs and Maestro Maazel has chosen the finest interpreters of Mahler's vocal music to illuminate this music across the cycle.

Symphony No. 5 in Frankfurt

Thursday 19 May 2011 / 20:00 / Alte Oper, Frankfurt

Lorin Maazel conductor

Lisa Batiashvili

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 5 in Stuttgart

Friday 20 May 2011 / 20:00 / Liederhalle, Stuttgart

Lorin Maazel conductor

Janine Jansen

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 1 in Bremen

Saturday 21 May 2011 / 20:00 / Die Glocke, Bremen

Lorin Maazel conductor

Arabella Steinbacher

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

'The symphony is a world' Mahler proclaimed to Sibelius, and few composers have written music that conjures up as vast a range of musical imagery as his First Symphony. From the evocative opening, marked 'like a sound of nature', to a funeral march based on Frère Jacques and the sounds of military and folk bands it is a work of enormous power and breadth. Mahler's symphonies are intimately connected to his songs and Maestro Maazel has chosen the finest interpreters of Mahler's vocal music to illuminate this music across the cycle.

Symphony No. 5 in Mannheim

Sunday 22 May 2011 / 20:00 / Rosengarten, Mannheim

Lorin Maazel conductor

Arabella Steinbacher

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 5 in Essen

Monday 23 May 2011 / 20:00 / Philharmonie, Essen

Lorin Maazel conductor

Arabella Steinbacher

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 7 in London

Thursday 26 May 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 7

Sometimes called 'Song of the Night', Mahler's Seventh Symphony is a journey from night to day. An opening movement inspired by an evening boat ride on an alpine lake, two 'Nachtmusik' movements and a ghostly scherzo give the work its nocturnal quality before sunlight emerges in its jubilant finale.

Symphony No. 5 in Gateshead

Saturday 28 May 2011 / 19:30 / The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead

Lorin Maazel conductor

Lise de la Salle

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9, K271, Jeunehomme
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 5 in Hull

Sunday 29 May 2011 / 19:30 / City Hall, Hull

Lorin Maazel conductor

Lise de la Salle

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9, K271, Jeunehomme
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

'A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience', Herbert von Karajan once said. A work of huge emotional scope, it opens with a funereal trumpet solo and ends in a triumphant, exuberant finale. The serene poise of the famous Adagietto at its heart is anticipated in Urlicht, a beautiful setting of the religious folk-poem 'Primeval Light', one of six song settings from the collection of German folk poetry.

Symphony No. 10, Adagio in London

Thursday 29 Sep 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Alice Coote
Stefan Vinke

MAHLER Symphony No. 10, Adagio
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler's valedictory symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde is one of his most personal and beautiful works. The six songs are settings of translated ancient Chinese poems that celebrate life's joys and mourn life's brevity. It is performed this evening alongside Mahler's final symphonic statement, the Adagio from his unfinished Tenth Symphony.

Also this evening: 6pm Pre-concert talk, Royal Festival Hall. Memory, mortality and the eternal blooming of nature. Julian Johnson examines the themes of Mahler's Song of the Earth. FREE admission.

Symphony No. 9 in London

Saturday 1 Oct 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 9

An intensely personal work heard as both the ultimate farewell and a final homecoming Leonard Bernstein said of Mahler's last completed work "It is terrifying, and paralyzing, as the strands of sound disintegrate ... in ceasing, we lose it all. But in letting go, we have gained everything."

Also this evening: 6pm Pre-concert talk, Royal Festival Hall. Farewell, homecoming, or new challenges? Julian Johnson reflects on Mahler's late works. FREE admission.

Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand in London

Sunday 9 Oct 2011 / 19:30 / Royal Festival Hall, London

Lorin Maazel conductor

Sally Matthews
Ailish Tynan
Sarah Tynan
Sarah Connolly
Anne-Marie Owens
Stefan Vinke
Mark Stone
Brindley Sherratt
Philharmonia Chorus
BBC Symphony Chorus
Boys of the Eton College Chapel Choir

MAHLER Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand

Mahler's mightiest symphony, often known as 'The Symphony of a Thousand' calls for huge orchestral forces, eight soloists, a boys' chorus and large mixed chorus. Described by the composer as his 'gift to the whole nation' it is an epic drama in two parts, the first a setting of a Medieval Latin hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, and the second a setting of the final scene of Goethe's Faust.

Also this evening: 6pm Pre-concert talk, Southbank Centre. 'The resounding of the universe': Julian Johnson considers the extraordinary vision of Mahler's Eighth Symphony. FREE admission.