Thursday 12 Apr 2018, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
David Fray piano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Growing from an ethereal, barely audible seven-octave chord in the strings, Mahler’s cosmic First Symphony truly is ‘like the world’. Containing within its walls the rustling sounds of nature, a street band, klezmer and even a satirical version of Frère Jacques, Mahler builds to one of the most joyful, rocket-fuelled codas of any symphony.
Alongside, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist David Fray: “In short, Fray presented himself as a poet” (Chicago Tribune, Dec 2016).