Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Anu Komsi – soprano


Berlioz Les nuits d’été Listen

— Interval —

Mahler Symphony No. 4 Listen

The Philharmonia takes on life’s big topics – love, death, nature, heaven – in this lush Romantic programme.

At times folk-like and joyful, at times restless, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 reflects his philosophy that “a symphony must be like the world, it must contain everything”. The work ends with a serene soprano solo describing the music of the angels – a child’s vision of heaven.

Anu Komsi is acclaimed for her ‘fearlessly communicative and utterly compelling’ performances (The Guardian), and she brings that passion and commitment to Berlioz’s exquisite Les nuits d’été. These six songs take us on a journey through burgeoning hope, love and loss and, in the final song, a renewed sense of anticipation at what the future might hold.

This performance was originally advertised with singer Julia Bullock. Unfortunately she is unwell and regrets that she is unable to perform. We are grateful to Anu Komsi for stepping in at short notice. 

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£15 – £70

Multibuy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Running time

2 hrs, including an interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

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

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Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the event

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Find out more about this evening’s programme.


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