Mahler - Symphony No. 6 in A minor
Thursday, October 6, 2016
In his only U.S. orchestra guest conducting appearance of the season, the Simon Rattle, fiery leader of the esteemed Berlin Philharmonic and regular Philadelphia Orchestra collaborator, returns to Verizon Hall for one night only, bringing “his characteristic combination of strategy, intellectualism, and heat.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) He leads Mahler’s fateful Symphony No. 6—a work so overflowing with emotion and consequence, it literally calls for hammer blows to express its depths. The work’s nickname—“Tragic”—is a bit of mystery; it was written during a relatively carefree period in Mahler’s life. Perhaps the composer had premonitions of the unhappy fate that awaited him. For our audiences, though, there’s nothing in store but amazement.
“Twenty years after his debut with the orchestra, the love is still clearly there, in the form of grins, hugs and the Philadelphians’ willingness to commit their burnished sound, rich yet agile, to Mr. Rattle’s often idiosyncratic interpretations.”
—The New York Times