Mahler Symphony No.3 is the composer’s longest work and was met with critical acclaim when it premiered in summer of 1902. The concert featuring six movements will also include six of Liverpool Philharmonic’s church bells. Mahler requested the use of real church bells, rather than the tubular ones used by many orchestras to evoke a tolling sound, in his third symphony.
Liverpool Philharmonic acquired their first church bell in 1993 and over the past 17 years has built up the collection. The first performance by the Orchestra using the bells was Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra led by Conductor Laureate Libor Pešek on a tour of Austria and Germany in 1994. The church bells play a vital role in this piece representing the ‘midnight’ moment.
Gustav Mahler (1860 to 1911) is regarded as one of the most important 20th century composers and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, under the baton of Vasily Petrenko will play all his symphonies in 2020. Mahler symphony No. 3, also one of the biggest symphonies ever written, will feature artist in residence and mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnson, Sopranos and Altos of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.
Tickets are available for Petrenko’s Mahler III at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 7.30pm and cost from £21. Visit liverpoolphil.com or call the Box Office on 0151 709 3789 to book.
The Mahler symphonic cycle concerts are as follows:
Saturday 21 March 7.30pm
Mahler Symphony No.3
Thursday 23 April 7.30pm
Beethoven Ah! Perfido
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
Mahler Symphony No.4
Thursday 30 April 7.30pm
Victoria Borisova-Ollas Remember Me Giselle: cello concerto (UK premiere, co-commission with RSO Stockholm)
Mahler Symphony No.5
Thursday 21 May 7.30pm
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Mahler Symphony No.6
Thursday 11 June 7.30pm
Grace-Evangeline Mason 'Mahler’s Letters' for a cappella choir (world premiere)*
Mahler Symphony No.7
Mahler Symphony No. 8
Performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 18 October 3pm
For information on this concert, visit royalalberthall.com
The remaining concert will be announced as part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 – 2021 season.
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