Orchestra of Santa Cecilia: Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano

Santa Cecilia & Antonio Pappano

The music director of the Royal Opera brings his Italian orchestra to the Barbican, in the life-and-death struggle of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

They say that art imitates life – but Mahler’s symphonic drama of a hero felled by three hammer blows of fate eerily foreshadowed his own early death. Well, that’s the legend anyway: the reality of this massive tragic symphony is even more overwhelming.

So it’s a gripping way to discover what London’s own Sir Antonio Pappano can do in partnership with the orchestra that he directs in Rome: the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra have an intense rapport – ‘flamboyant, fiery and thrillingly full-on’ was how The Guardian described an earlier London concert. That sounds ideal for music that demands absolute emotional commitment.

The performance is expected to finish around 9pm.

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