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Mahler Symphonies

Mahler Symphonies

Fearless and unconventional, uncompromising and brilliant – Gustav Mahler is one of the most important composers in history, and at the heart of his incredible musical legacy are the symphonies.

Embracing cultural differences and challenging musical traditions, he created music so powerful and passionate that it still resonates with audiences today – music to be experienced, not simply heard.

Fans of his work include Leonard Bernstein, Sir Simon Rattle and Eugene Ormandy, and in 2020, Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir will show you exactly why – performing all nine symphonies in one year.

Ten years on from his landmark Mahler cycle in our 2009-10 season, Vasily Petrenko will once again share his passion for these symphonies, presenting them in chronological order across 2020.

Before each concert, Vasily Petrenko will provide an introduction from stage, to help you get even more from the experience.

Whether you’re new to Mahler, or a lifelong fan, join us for this journey through love, nature, life, death, rebirth, light, heaven, fate and the universe.
The remaining symphonies will be performed in Autumn/Winter 2020


The Mahler Experience
To complement the Symphony Cycle, we are delighted to present a series of special events – each offering you an insight into different aspects of Mahler’s music, life and passions.

Combining guest speakers, food, drink, fun and of course, music – come and join us for one or all of these sociable and fun events. Meet fellow music lovers and immerse yourself in a world of Mahler.

Related events

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler I

    Webern's Im Sommerwind, songs by Schubert and Mahler's First Symphony conducted by Vasily Petrenko with baritone Benjamin Appl.

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler II

    Mahler's Songs and Symphony No.2 ‘Resurrection’ conducted by Vasily Petrenko with soprano Miah Persson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler III

    Mahler's Symphony No.3 conducted by Vasily Petrenko with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler IV

    Beethoven's Ah! Perfido, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, and Mahler's Symphony No.4 conducted by Vasily Petrenko, pianist Boris Giltburg and soprano Susanne Bernhard.

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler V

    Victoria Borisova-Ollas' Remember Me Giselle: cello concerto and Mahler's Symphony No.5 conducted by Vasily Petrenko with cellist Truls Mørk.

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler VI

    Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Mahler's Symphony No.6 conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    Petrenko’s Mahler VII

    Grace-Evangeline Mason's 'Mahler’s Letters' for a cappella choir (world premiere) and Mahler's Symphony No.7 conducted by Vasily Petrenko and Ellie Slorach with Royal Liverpool Phi...

  • Music Room

    Special Event

    Mahler and his Faith

    Norman Lebrecht, prominent cultural commentator and author of Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World presents a one-hour talk on Mahler’s faith.

  • Music Room

    Special Event

    Mahler in the Landscape

    Stephen Johnson, classical music writer, composer and broadcaster, and author of Mahler: His Life and Music, explores Mahler’s relationship with nature and the environment.

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