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Gustav Mahler Symphony No.9



Begun in 1909 in the composer’s idyllic Austrian mountain retreat, at a time when Mahler was preoccupied by thoughts of his own mortality, his last completed symphony has been described as his most death-haunted work. Scored for forces which are modest, by Mahlerian standards, this extended work is characterized by its unusual construction, often soloistic orchestral writing, evocative use of keys and haunting use of motives and references to traditional Austrian folk dance. This release is a valuable addition to the Hallé canon of great symphonies, including recent releases devoted to Vaughan Williams: Nos 5&8 CD HLL 7533 - Sunday Times Album of the Week and Music Web Recording of the Month; and No 3 CD HLL 7540 – Gramophone Editor’s Choice Feb 2015 Hallé will perform Mahler Symphony No.5 under Elder at the Bridgewater Hall on 19th March and Mahler Symphony No.1 under Markus Stenz, Principal Guest Conductor, in repeated performances in Manchester and Sheffield in April.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No.9


'The way in which the long, lingering finale is engineered towards its final climax is superb.' The Guardian, March 2015

'Admiration rests with some superlative solos - the first horn guiding an early passage through the twilight zone, for instance - and the clarity of textures. BBC Music Magazine, June 2015