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Standard

$59-$119

Concession

$54-$114

ON SALE DATES:

2021 MSO Subscribers

13 May at 10am

General public

27 May at 10am

Dates

Thursday 15 July 2021

6:00pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 17 July 2021

6:00pm at Hamer Hall

Featuring

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Lawrence Renes conductor
Jacqueline Porter soprano

Program

Mahler Symphony No.4

About this performance

Consumed by his job with the Vienna Court Opera and with little time to compose, Mahler went almost three years without writing a scrap of music. When he finally began work on his Fourth Symphony he did so in the summer months – beginning the work at a lakeside resort in Austria and finishing it in his own second home on the Wörther Lake.

  • Unlike his other symphonies, which often centre on explorations of the binaries of human existence – heaven and hell, good and bad, evil and charity – Mahler’s Fourth is tuneful and direct, exploring a charming, childlike view of the world.
  • The first three movements lead clearly toward the finale, which includes the evocatively-named folk song “Heaven is Hung with Violins,” originally written for this third symphony.
  • The visions of heaven that Mahler paints suddenly become clear as day when the soprano sings “we enjoy heavenly delights,” before imagining life in heaven. Dancing, playing, music, food (asparagus, no less!) and saints are described with playfulness and desire.

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