We extend our deepest sympathies to our previously scheduled artist, Anne Sofie von Otter, on her recent bereavement and are indebted to Australian tenor Stuart Skelton for his gracious agreement to appear in these concerts at short notice.
These concerts will now begin with a selection of German songs, with our conductor Donald Runnicles accompanying Stuart Skelton on the piano. Beginning with one of Hugo Wolf’s most popular songs, this vocal tribute explores the themes of memory, peace, nostalgia and hope.
Mahler never finished his final symphony: only the first movement and part of the third were fully realised for orchestra, the rest was left in draft form on his death. 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.