february, 2019

07feb7:30 pmComposer Roots: Mahler 1 - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Live Broadcast BBC Radio 3)7:30 pm Glasgow City Halls


Event Details

If you could hear silence, how would it sound? Maybe something like the massive stillness that opens Mahler’s First Symphony: the starting point for a young artist’s journey to the heart of absolute tragedy and glorious triumph. It’s one of those pieces that simply has to be experienced live, and as part of our ongoing Composer Roots project, we’ll uncover its origins in Jewish folk music with the klezmer band She’Koyokh. To open, an effervescent Broadway overture by Mahler’s great champion Leonard Bernstein and a magnificent rarity by a late-romantic master who shared Bernstein and Mahler’s Jewish heritage. In Ernest Bloch’s ‘Schelomo’, the solo cello is King Solomon, and its voice is his Song – by turns passionate, forthright, and uninhibitedly sensuous.

Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley talks about Mahler’s complex musical roots, and how they influenced the First Symphony (free to ticket-holders, subject to seating availability).

The concert is scheduled to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.




Glasgow City Halls

Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ