Mahler Symphony No.4
The Heavenly Life

Subscribe

Mahler Symphony No.4
The Heavenly Life

Presale for 2020 Sydney Symphony Subscribers: Mon 11 Nov, 10am – Mon 18 Nov, 10am
On sale to public March 2020
 

The magic of childhood inspired Gustav Mahler’s most intimate and lovable symphony which traces a journey from the worldly life to an innocent heavenly one, painted in the bright colours of folk-art.

Lucid and transparent, the Fourth is the perfect introduction to Mahler’s wondrous symphonies – it is a short story rather than an epic.

The sound of sleigh-bells ushers into a mysterious place, both beautiful and sinister. ‘Imagine the uniform blue of the sky,’ Mahler wrote, ‘Occasionally…it darkens and becomes phantasmagorical and terrifying’. Death himself fiddles in the danse macabre of the second movement, before an adagio of serene calm transports us heavenward.

In the radiant finale the soprano sings of the celestial life where ‘there’s no music at all on the earth / Which can ever compare with ours’. Mahler’s comes close.

 

 

Sponsored By

  • Young Henrys
Debussy and Ravel

Debussy and Ravel

26-29 Feb

Sydney Town Hall

Book Now
Ben Folds

Ben Folds

5-7 Mar

Sydney Town Hall

Book Now
Scheherazade

Scheherazade

11-13 Mar

Sydney Town Hall

Book Now
Debussy, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov

Debussy, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov

13 Mar

Sydney Town Hall

Book Now
Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

18-21 Mar

Sydney Town Hall

Book Now