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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

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Sir Simon Rattle with London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO dive headlong into the dream-world of Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, and welcome the BBC Singers for a special performance of an intricate work by Poulenc. 

Gustav Mahler once said that the symphony should be like the world – ‘it should embrace everything’. In his huge Seventh Symphony, he sweeps from an overcast Alpine lake through love songs, nightmares and moonlit marches to a roof-raising finish hung with jangling cowbells and laced with pitch-black humour. In short, Mahler doesn’t get more Mahler-ish than this. 

Not that Sir Simon Rattle needs telling., He’s been conducting Mahler since he was a teenager, and this wild, fantastic fairy-tale of a symphony is particularly close to his heart. ‘There’s only one Mahler – he takes in everything’, he says, and tonight he dives headfirst into a world of soaring emotion and untrammelled sonic imagination.

‘When I am making music, all the answers I seek for in life seem to be there’ – Gustav Mahler  

Programme Update

This concert will now feature an added second half, with a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Figure humaine by the BBC Singers. The BBC Singers will be appearing at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO, in a mark of solidarity with the choir and the broader music community, in response to uncertainty over future funding to the orchestral and choral sector in the UK.

The first half of the concert, featuring Mahler's Seventh Symphony, remains unchanged. The concert will end at approximately 9.25pm.

Posted 12 April 2023

You can also catch Sir Simon Rattle on Wednesday 14 June and Thursday 15 June for his final two concerts as the LSO's Musical Director. 

Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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