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Sibelius and Mahler with Lisa Batiashvili

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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili seen from with her instrument in front of a mirror.


Lahav Shani – conductor
Lisa Batiashvili – violin


Sibelius Violin Concerto Listen

— Interval —

Mahler Symphony No. 6 Listen

Listening to a great live performance of Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is an intensely moving experience.

Composed not long after his marriage, its 90-minute span runs the gamut from the elation of love to the darkest fear and despair. Mahler’s wife Alma (neither the most modest nor the most reliable of witnesses) said that the soaring string melody in the first movement represented her. And she saw a foreshadowing of future troubles in the final movement’s hammer blows – which the score says should be ‘brief and mighty… like the fall of an axe.’

Sibelius once hoped to become a professional violinist. He poured all his love and understanding of the instrument into his only concerto, by turns hauntingly beautiful and devilishly virtuosic. Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by The New York Times for her “pure, gorgeous tone and fabulous technique”, and “dazzling” (Bachtrack) young Israeli conductor Lahav Shani make a welcome return to the Philharmonia for this concert full of powerful emotions.

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time:

2 hrs 15 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

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

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm


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