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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Nézét-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Tenth Symphony

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has described Mahler’s Tenth Symphony as ‘a piece like no other in the history of music’. It is both brutal and uplifting, astonishingly cathartic, a heart-wrenching farewell to the world, and to his beloved wife Alma – six of whose rarely heard but exquisite songs open tonight’s concert. The Symphony was completed after Mahler’s death by musicologist Derryck Cooke, who virtually dedicated his life to the remarkable work, but every movement is of Mahler’s own making.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic has long been internationally known as one of the world’s foremost Mahler orchestras, and gave a blistering account of the composer’s Sixth Symphony with Nézet-Séguin at Festival 2014. They are joined by the hugely respected British mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly, admired for her rich, vivid opera roles as well as her searching concert performances, for seven sensuous Alma Mahler songs, in new orchestrations by British composers Colin and David Matthews.

Nézet-Séguin, the greatest generator of energy on the international podium.

Financial Times

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor

Sarah Connolly Mezzo soprano

Alma Mahler Lieder  (orch. Colin and David Matthews)
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 10 (compl. Deryck Cooke)

More information about some of the artists

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Sarah Connolly

25 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.