In his Fourth Symphony, he takes us to the heavens themselves as we travel through the gates of paradise and into angelic realms.
Mahler chose to do something no composer had ever done before by ending his symphony with a song for solo voice. Titled, ‘The Heavenly Life’, the song’s air of bright innocence captures the symphony’s overall sense of gemütlichkeit – an untranslatable German word that suggests both belonging and cosiness. Settle in as conductor Umberto Clerici leads us to paradise.
Concert Update: 22 March 2021
Donald Runnicles, who was to conduct this concert, is no longer able to come to Australia. We are excited to announce regular guest conductor Umberto Clerici as his replacement.
MARK HOLDSWORTH Excelsior*
SCHUBERT Lieder selections
MAHLER Symphony No.4
*Mark Holdsworth's Excelsior was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Peter Howard.
UMBERTO CLERICI conductor
JACQUELINE PORTER soprano