29, 30 October 2020

Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’

Daniel Harding conducts Mahler

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October 2020 Thursday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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October 2020 Friday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
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Franz Schubert Symphony No. 3
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 'Titan'

The Concertgebouworkest wouldn’t be the Concertgebouworkest without Gustav Mahler. The First is perhaps the most beloved of all Mahler’s symphonies. The impressive work is being conducted by all-rounder Daniel Harding.

An incredibly rich orchestral sound

It is difficult to comprehend what Mahler set in motion with his First Symphony. He became the inventor of a new, incredibly rich orchestral sound and turned the symphony into a veritable psychological landscape. The First Symphony offers an impressive foretaste of what would follow. The work is popularly known as the ‘Titan’ for several reasons, yet according to Mahler, it alludes to the vast emotional world that lies behind the music. Mahler often drew from his own experiences, but this is music in which all of us can recognise ourselves.

Intimacy, expression and drama

Daniel Harding is an all-round conductor with a predilection for unexpected programme choices. Here he juxtaposes Mahler’s First Symphony with Franz Schubert’s rarely performed Third. Schubert is widely admired for his songs and chamber music, but was long underrated as a symphonist. All the same, his symphonies have the same intimacy, expression and drama as do those works which he scored for smaller ensembles. The Third Symphony is an outstanding example.

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