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Orchestral Concert: Mahler

Budapest, Palace of Arts — Bela Bartok National Concert Hall

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In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the sounds of classical music by Mahler at Budapest's Congress Center.

“It is music coming from another world it is coming from eternity.” These are Herbert von Karajan’s words on Mahler’s 9th Symphony. Indeed, the work, lasting almost an hour and a half, creates a very special atmosphere. This is the last score the composer finished still, we cannot say for sure if he was saying farewell to life as he started working on his 10th almost immediately and with the same vigor. It is indisputable, however, that the subject of the symphony is death: its mournful, grotesque, beautiful, and redemptory sides alike. The gigantic first movement begins innocently but intensifies into cacophony this is followed by a movement put together from dances: folksy ländler and waltz. Then comes Mahler’s most modern music, the Rondo‐Burlesque, and, finally, the vision of the afterworld its ethereal sound closing the solemn and touching work.


  • Mahler, Gustav – Symphony No. 9
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Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Fischer, Ivan

Ivan Fischer is one of the world's most sought‐after conductors. Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin since the 2012/13 season, he was the founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, and he enjoys a close partnership with the Vienna State Opera. Ivan Fischer has won numerous awards, and he has performed in practically every major concert house in the world.


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