classical music

Mahler: The Song of the Earth

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

The Philharmonia Orchestra and Xian Zhang present music embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell, nature and renewal.

Mahler's The Song of the Earth is an hour-long, soul-searching journey in the company of a composer examining his own mortality and love for life from all angles.

In six settings of ancient Chinese poems, Mahler reflects on the transience of human life, the joys of young love, good wine, and enduring friendship, and the eternal power of nature.

Mozart's Symphony No. 25, in contrast, was composed when he was just 17 years old, and yet it shows remarkable maturity.

With the stormy and dramatic minor-key first movement (made famous in the film Amadeus) Mozart seems to announce that he is leaving behind his role as child prodigy and court entertainer.

And the graceful slow movement, perfectly formed minuet and vigorous finale that follow confirm his transition to era-defining composer.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Xian Zhang conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Andreas Schager tenor

Repertoire

Mozart: Symphony No.25
Interval
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Dates & times

30 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 115 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra present a 50-minute concert of chamber music. Admission free.

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