Mahler’s larger-than-life First Symphony finds fresh intimacy in Iain Farrington’s magnificent arrangement for 15 musicians, performed as part of new chamber series Crescendo, presented by the Sydney Opera House. The concert begins with the quiet contemplation of Charles Ives’ famously enigmatic Unanswered Question.
Normally when you come to the Sydney Opera House to hear Mahler’s first symphony, there’s an orchestra of one hundred on stage. But in this concert, an ensemble of just 15 musicians will bring fresh intimacy to a composer famous for his larger-than-life music. You can experience the full orchestral picture of this spectacular symphony with the musical lines in clear relief – a transparent sound world in which every player is a soloist! The concert begins with Charles Ives’ famously enigmatic Unanswered Question, in which, says the composer: The quiet strings represent the conventional life. We get up, go to the office, come home again, have dinner, sit around… But sometimes there comes a Question: Is this all my life is good for?
We can’t necessarily promise to answer your existential questions, but we can promise a thrilling concert featuring some of Australia’s brightest young orchestral talents.