Mahler Symphony No. 7
Hearing Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 is an experience beyond the ordinary. In this music video the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra plays under the baton of Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor Sakari Oramo.
In a famous quotation, Gustav Mahler once said to Jean Sibelius that “a symphony must be like an entire world – it should contain everything.” This is especially true of the seventh symphony, which is charged with an entire universe of musical impressions conveyed by an extra large orchestra.
The seventh symphony has undeservedly landed in the shadow of his more famous compositions, but as many people now point out, Mahler’s symphonic genius truly manifests in the seventh symphony.
When he began composing it, he started with the middle. The form of the symphony is also three middle movements, where night is the central starting point that is surrounded by the goosebump-inducing introduction and the finale’s life-affirming brightness. This music is filled with concentration, nerve and authentic charm. Especially the sincerely beautiful andante amoroso of the fourth movement, which is infused with nostalgic intensity and fantastical whimsy.
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor