Season opening 2016: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

The press described this evening with Simon Rattle conducting Mahler’s Seventh Symphony as a “spectacular concert that started the 2016/17 season with a bang”. According to the composer, the work has a “predominantly cheerful character”, but this optimism always remains fragile, ambiguous, on the edge of the abyss. The concert opened with Pierre Boulez’s Éclat – a concentrated work of tonally sensual sophistication.

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Sir Simon Rattle

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