Schubert Symphony No. 8 Unfinished
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Stuart Skelton tenor
An epic symphony of song brings British mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Australia’s very own Stuart Skelton together with Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for one of the finest symphonic fusions of east and west – Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth).
Taking inspiration from a German adaptation of a volume of ancient Chinese poetry entitled The Chinese Flute, this work of six songs addresses themes of life, death and the cycle of nature, in an impressively sonorous blend of Chinese and western outlooks. Described by legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein as Mahler’s ‘greatest symphony’, explore the light and the dark with the MSO in one of Mahler’s final masterworks.
Schubert’s Symphony No.8 Unfinished is an equally personal and intimate experience, with its two movements loved by many. Fall into an intriguingly beautiful dreamscape of ghostly figures, expansive melodies and blissful harmonies.
Pre-concert talk: MSO Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen, will present a 30-minute talk exploring Das Lied von der Erde.
Thursday, 29 June – inside Hamer Hall, beginning at 6.45pm
Friday, 30 June – inside Costa Hall, beginning at 7pm
Saturday, 1 July – inside Hamer Hall, beginning at 12.45pm
Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute interval