Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, 19 août 2016 19:30, Usher Hall
Daniel Harding conducts the Swedish RSO
Young British conductor Daniel Harding, formerly a protégé of Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, has been praised for his potent, finely chiselled performances at the helm of the outstanding Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Together they bring a typically provocative, contrasted programme to Festival 2016.
Brilliant Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov makes his second appearance at this year’s Festival, applying his powerful, poetic musicality to the elegant, Mozartian splendour of Beethoven’s energetic First Piano Concerto.
Harding closes the concert with Mahler’s intensely expressive Ninth Symphony. A profound journey into the meaning of life and the inevitability of death, by turns achingly beautiful and horrifying grotesque, the Symphony struggles with the deepest of questions in what is arguably the composer’s most moving work.