Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 is the essential masterpiece featured on the first Essentials concert of the season. Conductor Daniel Harding is a popular guest with the Concertgebouworkest.
Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony is a grand adventure full of little surprises along the way. 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. Mahler often drew from his own experiences, but this is music in which all of us can recognise ourselves. The Concertgebouworkest, conducted by the composer himself, gave the Dutch premiere in 1903. Mahler was absolutely delighted, exclaiming, ‘The musical culture in this country is stupendous! The way the people can just listen!’
Four times a year, the Essentials Series focuses on an essential masterwork, a piece of music every music lover should know, performed by the Concertgebouworkest and introduced by the lively presenter Thomas Vanderveken in his own unique way.