Paavo Järvi – conductor
Jan Lisiecki – piano
Schmidt Notre Dame Intermezzo
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
— Interval —
Mahler Symphony No. 9
Mahler’s Ninth symphony, the last work he completed, is a work of overwhelming emotional impact.
“It expresses love for this earth, for Nature; the longing to live on it in peace, to enjoy it completely, to the very heart of one’s being, before death comes”, wrote composer Alban Berg. In almost 90 minutes, it spans doubt and defiance; grief and hope; climaxes of devastating power, and a hushed ending that can make an enthralled audience of thousands almost forget to breathe.
Pianist Jan Lisiecki is a musician who understands this entrancing power of music well. “Going into a concert hall should be like going into a sanctuary”, he says. To pave the way for Mahler’s masterpiece, he has chosen one of Mozart’s most passionate piano concertos. This is the first piece Lisiecki recorded for Deutche Gramophon when they signed him aged just 15.
Paavo Jarvi opens the evening with a short but opulently scored work by Franz Schmidt, a pupil of Bruckner, and cellist in the Vienna Court Orchestra conducted by Mahler. Schmidt incorporated this Intermezzo into his opera Notre Dame, inspired by Victor Hugo’s tale.
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Prices & Discounts
£12 – £58 (premium)
Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
2 hours and 10 minutes, including 20 minute interval
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