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Mahler's Hammer Blows: Symphony No.6

Saturday 14 July 2018, 7.30 pm
St John's Church, Waterloo, London SE1 8TY

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The wonderfully sonorous sound of a section of Monteverdi's groundbreaking 8th book of Madrigals precedes Mahler's mammoth 6th symphony. Nicknamed 'The Tragic' it contains a large orchestral 'hammer' which is supposed to represent the 'hammer of fate'. Certainly the end of the piece is dark, and it has even been described as "the first nihilistic work in the history of music". Yet there are sections of enormous joy: as often with Mahler one is taken through a vast gamut of emotions! According to Tom Service it is "the most surreal, sonically imaginative and emotionally disturbing [symphony] of them all."
Biography of Peter Fender  Peter Fender  Conductor
Monteverdi  Hor ch'el ciel e la terra
Mahler  Symphony No.6
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