March 2011: Maazel Mahler Cycle

2011 is a year of major worldwide Mahler celebrations and the Philharmonia Orchestra is marking this event by bringing Lorin Maazel, one of the world’s finest Mahlerians, to London to perform a heroic one-man journey through all ten Mahler symphonies and four major orchestral song cycles over ten concerts from April-October 2011. Maazel and the Philharmonia presented the first complete Mahler symphony cycle in London 33 years ago, in 1978-9. This series also includes concerts in Basingstoke, Bristol, Gateshead, Hull, Manchester and Warwick, a 13-concert tour to France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg and a tour of the Far East in spring 2012.

As the only full symphony cycle in London taking place with a single conductor, this promises to be a very special exploration of the work of the great composer. Soloists include Michelle DeYoung, Simon Keenlyside, Sarah Fox, Matthias Goerne, Stefan Vinke and Sarah Connolly. The series also includes the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Rückert- Lieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Das Lied von der Erde.

Lorin Maazel said of Mahler, and of his own relationship with Mahler’s music:
“He was a complete human being who had this genius for spanning the complete gamut of human emotions in sound. It’s the human quality, the person behind the notes as well as the music behind the notes that fascinates me. I really feel as if I’ve come to know Gustav Mahler, the person, intimately through his music; it is just like breathing when I perform his music.”

The cycle will be accompanied by a programme of related events and online resources, curated by Mahlerian specialist Julian Johnson, who describes Mahler as a composer for our times: “It’s the contemporary tone of Mahler’s music that remains eloquent – a century old yet intensely of our own time – the voice of one wrestling with what it is to live in the modern world.”

Lorin Maazel commented on Mahler’s legacy:
“Mahler was an amazing man who brought a visionary element to music that no other composer has yet succeeded in doing. He has a space in history, and a place in history, all of his own.”

A full schedule of dates, repertoire and booking information for the Series is attached. More detailed information, including interviews with Maazel, is available at www.philharmonia.co.uk/mahler.

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