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Mahler: The Song of the Earth

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Xian Zhang


Xian Zhang – conductor

Alina Ibragimova – violin
Sarah Connolly – mezzo-soprano
Andreas Schager – tenor


Beethoven Violin Concerto

— Interval —

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Xian Zhang brings her charismatic energy to a programme embracing youth and beauty, old age and farewell, nature and renewal.

Mahler’s The Song of the Earth is a soul-searching journey. In six settings of ancient Chinese poems, he 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 best-loved British voices in the opera world, shares Mahler’s spine-tingling vocal writing with Austrian tenor Andreas Schager.

To open the evening, Alina Ibragimova, renowned for the ‘immediacy and honesty’ of her playing (The Guardian), joins the Philharmonia as soloist. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto gives us the opportunity to enjoy many different facets of her skill – the expressive intensity of the first movement, and the lyrical serenity of the second, give way to boisterous good humour in the exuberant finale.

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Student tickets


Available through Student Pulse.
Limited availability.

Running time:

2h, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Read the programme notes here. Free printed programmes will be available at the venue.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Part of Human/Nature Series

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