Mahler's Sixth Symphony, sometimes called the 'Tragic', is a work of enormous power and pathos whose grimly militaristic opening march and shattering final hammer-blows seem to prophesy the mechanised conflict of the First World War.
Amidst its cataclysmic turmoil, Mahler's Sixth Symphony is shot through with poignant lyricism, expressing profound love and serene visions of a rural idyll, with church chimes and cowbells wistfully evoking an arcadian way of life that Mahler perceived to be vanishing.
Young French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin was widely acclaimed for his electrifying performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at Festival 2013, combining blistering energy with a flair for sumptuous sound. He returns to conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is Music Director, in one of Mahler's most personal utterances.
Nézet-Séguin, the greatest generator of energy on the international podium
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Mahler Symphony No 6