Thursday 30 Apr 2020, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Xian Zhang conductor
Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano
Andreas Schager tenor
Mozart Symphony No. 25, K.183
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Xian Zhang brings her charismatic energy and panache to a programme embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell, nature and renewal.
Mahler's The Song of the Earth is an hour-long, soul-searching journey in the company of a composer examining his own mortality and love for life from all angles. In six settings of ancient Chinese poems, Mahler reflects on the transience of human life, the joys of young love, good wine, and enduring friendship, and the eternal power of nature.
Dame Sarah Connolly, one of the most versatile and best-loved British voices in the opera world, shares Mahler’s spine-tingling vocal writing with Austrian tenor Andreas Schager.
Mozart's Symphony No. 25, in contrast, was composed when he was just 17 years old, and yet it shows remarkable maturity. With the stormy and dramatic minor-key first movement (made famous in the film Amadeus) Mozart seems to announce that he is leaving behind his role as child prodigy and court entertainer. And the graceful slow movement, perfectly-formed minuet and vigorous finale that follow confirm his transition to era-defining composer.
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
- Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
- Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
- Running time: 115 minutes, including 20 minute interval
- Staging: Surtitles will be displayed
- Before the concert: FREE Philharmonia Chamber Players performance, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall
This concert is part of the Mahler: Songs of Life series