Photo: Yanan Li
Members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Mats Lundqvist.
Conductor laureate Alan Gilbert leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this emotional music.
Wednesday 2 February 2022 19.00Ends approximately 20.15
In 1907, Gustav Mahler was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition, and his daughter Maria Anna died of diphtheria. In light of this, it mattered less that the newspapers had launched a campaign demanding that he resign as head of the Vienna Opera. He had already been thinking of stepping down to have more time for life and creativity, and he had also received a generous offer from the Metropolitan in New York.
But now death was a close companion, and one can easily imagine that the ninth symphony is a portrayal of his thoughts and perceptions of destruction – of the end. Still, the music is not dark through and through. Despite a certain dissolved tonality, the piece has a forward-looking energy and sense of beauty, as if he wants to let life and the future in, while also portraying his immeasurable pain.
American conductor Alan Gilbert is chief conductor of the Hamburg NDR Elbphilharmonie since 2019; as of 2021, he is also the music director of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Gilbert was chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra 2000–08 and he is now its conductor laureate; he was subsequently chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The musicApproximate times
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 979 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Alan Gilbert conductor