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Mahler IX



17:00 — Victoria Hall

Non-subscription concert


Jonathan Nottconductor

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 9 in D Major

Approximately 1h30 without intermission

The music

As one world fades away, another takes shape – a lesson from the miraculous Symphony No. 9. With its expanded tonality on the brink of disappearing, the music seems to contort in the final convulsions of the 19th century. Suffering from a heart condition, Gustav Mahler has to give up all his favorite sports: swimming, rowing, cycling, and mountain hikes. His music conveys a sense of panic; it’s a poignant farewell to the world and the highly civilized Vienna. Mahler’s final completed work unfolds in waves and successive layers, fragments of memories traversing a vast catalogue of moods. The moving final adagio evokes Bruckner while plunging into the void. After his posthumous original production by Bruno Walter in Vienna in 1912, Geneva had the honor of hosting the second performance the following year with the OSR, known at that time as the Orchestre des Concerts d’abonnement, conducted by Bernard Stavenhagen at the Grand Théâtre.

The venues

OSR Live

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Yvonne Naef


György Ligeti
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)

Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva