Gergiev Conducts Mahler 7

Gergiev Conducts Mahler 7

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Fri 25 Mar 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev conductor

Mahler Symphony No 7    78’

The combination of Valery Gergiev, the London Symphony Orchestra and Mahler have wowed audiences and had critics reaching for superlatives. ‘Raw energy and white hot climaxes’ is how The Guardian described their revelatory performances. Tonight Gergiev turns his attention to the Seventh Symphony: an epic journey from darkness to overwhelming joyous affirmation, taking in two eerie and fantastical night-music movements along the way.

6.15pm Pre-concert talk. Composer John Joubert discusses the music of Mahler with Lyndon Jenkins

Part of The Birmingham Mahler Cycle

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…   “Despite its vast orchestral demands, this is a chamber music-textured composition, and its demanding solo contributions were beautifully delivered, not least by the violin and viola principals.

Balances were instinctively judged, as were tempi. Gergiev wrought magic here.”

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