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Saturday 6 May 2023 at 7.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall


London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle
Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO


Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO Long Time Living Here (Musical Acknowledgement of Country)
Mahler Symphony No.7

About this performance

Mahler’s Seventh is the dark horse of his symphonies. It doesn’t turn up in orchestra programs quite as often as it should, but when it does, this fascinating work intrigues and delights every time. No wonder it has become a signature work for Sir Simon Rattle.

The heart of this symphony is ‘music of the night’, with Mahler taking inspiration from Mozart serenades and lovers singing below windows (there’s even a guitar and a mandolin). He sets up a weird, nocturnal atmosphere with music that scurries through the shadows of a kaleidoscopic dreamworld. Is he being ironic or should we take him seriously? It’s Mahler, so it’s complicated. And it’s that ambivalence that makes this symphony seem so modern and up to date.

Mahler Seven, says Sir Simon, follows a ‘journey from night to an almost blinding dawn’. Spend the night with Mahler and the LSO and you too can take that sonic and emotional journey.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes, no interval

‘In seeing as well as hearing his concert, what comes over is Rattle’s love for the music and the orchestra’s wholehearted response.’

-BBC Music Magazine

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This performance is proudly presented by Ryman Healthcare, Premier Partner of the MSO

2023 Gandel Foundation 1200

London Symphony Orchestra performances are supported by the Gandel Foundation, through the MSO’s Now & Forever Future Fund.

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