Mahler’s last word, they say, was “Mozart” – but he’d already said his farewells in music, and nowhere more movingly than in 'Das Lied von der Erde': a ninth symphony in all but name that distils every last drop of life’s sorrow and sweetness into six heartrending songs. It’s a perfect complement for both the youthful sunlight and joy of Mozart’s exuberant 'Haffner' symphony – written for a family celebration in Salzburg – and the eloquent sadness of Takemitsu’s 'Requiem for strings': a poignant meditation on mortality from a composer who embraced both East and West. An evening of ravishing music from the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus, Donald Runnicles, plus two singers whose unflinching emotional commitment has won international acclaim.
Symphony No 35 in D major, 'Haffner', K 385
Requiem for Strings
Das Lied von der Erde