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Prom 49: Mahler - Symphony No. 6

Saturday 22 August 2015 - 6:30 PM

Hakan Hardenberger © Marco Borggreve

Approximate end time: 9:10pm

Presented by:

Brett Dean
Dramatis personae 28'


Symphony No. 6 in A minor 83'

Håkan Hardenberger trumpet

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons

Two contrasting heroes share the limelight in this evening of musical drama from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor, Andris Nelsons.

Brett Dean's trumpet concerto Dramatis personae, composed for tonight's Swedish virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger, assigns all roles to the trumpet, casting him by turns as fallen superhero and accidental revolutionary.

Mahler's Sixth Symphony sees the composer himself as cursed hero – one, he explained, 'on whom fall three blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled'.  The conclusion may be a tragic one but there are also scenes of beauty and joy in a work that includes a glowing theme associated with Mahler's wife Alma.

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