Mahler: Symphony No. 7 / Haitink
Symphony No. 7 (01:30:13)
What a symphony is? The composer who took this art to soaring heights (we don’t want to forget Bruckner and will call him his antipode) certainly knew what it meant to him: “To write a symphony is to create a whole world.” It was Gustav Mahler who said this – quite prophetically, since he created nine and a half worlds under this premise. Each in itself so full of brilliant colouration and of such cardinal substance that it would not be going too far to assume that this substance is of lasting significance. So it is no surprise that each of these extraordinary works continue to appear in the concert programme, again and again. Repetition, an idea that Kierkegaard looked at more closely, provides us with a foundation for deep trust. And when this trust in the work is joined with a sense of trust among the artists, we can trust to be in for some superb evenings.