Beethoven & Mahler’s Firsts

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Beethoven                                         Symphony No.1
Mahler                                                 Symphony No.1 Titan

Rafael Payare                                     CONDUCTOR

Two first symphonies by two titans of symphonic composition. Beethoven’s First Symphony may dance along with the sparkle and joy of Mozart or Haydn at their most effervescent, but nonetheless his genius is percolating and you can spot all the hallmarks of innovation and originality that mark out his unique greatness.


If Beethoven was the trailblazer for symphonic innovation, Mahler rose to the challenge too and his First Symphony is a triumphant realisation of a symphonic ambition that changed the genre forever. From the opening – a spellbinding, shimmering note spread across seven octaves that floats ethereally across the orchestra – to the final movement’s explosion of despair which turns to sheer musical joy by its end, this concert features music borne from dreaming big dreams and seeing the enormous possibilities in writing for an orchestra.


Free pre-concert talk at 7pm with Music Director Rafael Payare. All welcome.