Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO give the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Remembering before Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, disturbing in its nihilistic despair yet attaining a true and monumental grandeur.
The orchestral forces used are formidable: eight horns, six trumpets, four trombones, two harps and celesta and strings to match. Yet while it was written at one of the happiest times in Mahler’s life, march-rhythms haunt the symphony. And in the final movement, the extensive percussion section is augmented by a huge hammer for three blows of fate, leading to perhaps the bleakest ending in all music.
Mark-Anthony Turnage Remembering ‘In Memoriam Evan Scofield’ (world premiere, LSO co-commission)
Mahler Symphony No 6
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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