Mahler's 9th Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall

London, Royal Albert Hall — Main Hall

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Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Mahler at London's remarkable Royal Albert Hall.

A rare treat for Mahler aficionados and all who enjoy his symphonies on a grand scale.

Can you imagine a symphony that is a song from beginning to end? This is the ambitious vision that struck Mahler 'like lightning' and threw him into a compositional frenzy. Within three months, he created his most epic work yet, taking religious themes from previous symphonies and elevating them to a whole new level.

The first half is a celebration of the divine spirit. The second movement, inspired by Goethe's Faust, begins with 'rushing forests' and ends with dazzling visions of angels and eternal life.

From the thunderous chord of the organ and double choir at the beginning to the gathered brass at the end, the symphony proclaims its message of redemption with the greatest forces imaginable on stage. Originally touted as a 'Symphony of Thousands' because of its many performers, Mahler is both exuberant and restrained. His more subdued and loose compositions are just as strong as the big stage works.

The composer, who composed neither cantata nor opera, had an illuminating vision of how the worlds of instrument and voice could come together: a 'true symphony,' as Mahler put it.


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Program is subject to change

Cast / Production

Sarah Wegener Soprano
Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano
Regula Mühlemann Soprano
Jennifer Johnston Mezzo‐soprano
Claudia Huckle Contralto
Vincent Wolfsteiner Tenor
Michael Nagy Baritone
Shenyang Bass‐baritone


Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prodigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first‐class performances and the highest possible standards of music‐making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. This was the vision of the Orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the Orchestra continues to thrive.

Conductor: Petrenko, Vasily

Born in St Petersburg in 1976, Vasily Petrenko is recognised as one of the exceptional musicians of his generation. Petrenko was still in his teens when he became resident conductor at St Petersburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, and has gone on to work with some of the world’s finest orchestras, earning international acclaim – and top prizes – for his inspirational performances.

His Liverpool debut with the Phil in November 2004, and subsequent appearances in October and December 2005, created huge excitement: “…memorable for the sheer electricity emanating from the podium. Instantly there was a sense of dialogue between conductor and musicians, between one orchestral family and another, between one phrase and the next, to release natural‐seeming eloquence from his players.”  The Daily Telegraph

Choir: City of London Choir
Choir: Philharmonia Chorus
Choir: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Choir: Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Choir: Tiffin Boys' Choir


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