Anne Sofie von Otter returns to Sydney with signature Schubert, and Donald Runnicles conducts Mahler’s final symphony.
When Mahler died he left his final symphony unfinished: only the first movement and part of the third were fully realised for orchestra, the rest was in draft form. Deryck Cooke’s performing version “channels Mahler”, allowing concert audiences a glimpse of the composer’s final vision, with its fervent finale signed “To live for you! To die for you” – a love song for his wife Alma.
The first half of the concert features Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, performing the Schubert song repertoire for which she is acclaimed. But there’s a difference: instead of the original piano accompaniments, she’ll be singing versions with orchestra. Schubert’s lyrical genius is amplified, bringing new colour to Gretchen’s nervous spinning, the cautionary tale of the leaping Trout and the terrifying drama of the Erl-King.