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See Mahler’s exhilarating symphonies performed live by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020
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See Mahler’s exhilarating symphonies performed live by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020

Wednesday 15 January 2020

On Thursday 23 January the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, launches its Mahler series – presenting the first of Gustav Mahler’s nine symphonies, performed in chronological order. This is the first time all nine have been performed by the Orchestra since the landmark Mahler cycle in the 2009-10 season, which played to sold out houses and critical acclaim The Times remarked of the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 8 “The young Russian maestro (Vasily Petrenko) takes no prisoners on these big occasions, conducting his army with nerveless precision.”

Petrenko will introduce each concert in the series, to share his passion and inspiration providing audiences with a unique insight into Mahler’s works.

To start the concert, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, under the baton of Petrenko will perform Im Sommerwind by Anton Webern, a disciple of Mahler. The work was composed in summer 1904 based on the poem by Bruno Wille. This is followed by five songs by Franz Schubert sung by baritone Benjamin Appl who returns to Liverpool Philharmonic after his triumph in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem last season. The evening culminates in Mahler’s Symphony No.1.

Gustav Mahler (1860 to 1911) is regarded as one of the most important 20th century composers. Chief conductor Vasily Petrenko commented, “I am excited to be working with our wonderful Orchestra and Choir to present Mahler’s complete symphonic cycle in 2020. It’s a feat to take on all nine symphonies but I have no doubt the Orchestra will rise to the challenge and enchant audiences with their music.”

The concert is being performed at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £21 to £49. Visit here to book or call the Box Office on 0151 709 3789.


The Mahler symphony cycle concerts currently on sale are as follows:

Petrenko’s Mahler I
Thursday 23 January 7.30pm

Webern Im Sommerwind
Schubert Songs ‘Die Forelle’ (The Trout) arr. Jackson
'Du bist die Ruh’ arr. Webern
Geheimes’ arr. Brahms
Am Tage aller Seelen’ arr. Reger
Erlkönig’ arr. Liszt
Mahler Symphony No.1

Petrenko’s Mahler II
Thursday 27 February 7.30pm
Sunday 1 March 2.30pm

Mahler Songs
Mahler Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’

Petrenko’s Mahler III
Saturday 21 March 7.30pm

Mahler Symphony No.3

Petrenko’s Mahler IV
Thursday 23 April 7.30pm

Beethoven Ah! Perfido
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
Mahler Symphony No.4

Petrenko’s Mahler V
Thursday 30 April 7.30pm

Victoria Borisova-Ollas Remember Me Giselle: cello concerto (UK premiere, co-commission with RSO Stockholm)
Mahler Symphony No.5

Petrenko’s Mahler VI
Thursday 21 May 7.30pm

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Mahler Symphony No.6

Petrenko’s Mahler VII
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 at Royal Albert Hall on 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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