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CBSO: The Year 1912
Mahler called it his “song of the night”, and it’s true: the Seventh is a Mahler symphony like no other. It begins in a boat on an Alpine lake and ends with trumpets aloft in blazing, roof-raising celebration – but along the way there are distant bugles, moonlit serenades and spine chilling horror. It’s fantastic, and it’ll sound like a dream under the baton of renowned guest conductor Jac van Steen – who opens the concert with a revolutionary masterpiece premiered in 1912 by Mahler’s most devoted fan. With an oversize orchestra and a kaleidoscope of colours and textures, Schoenberg looks decisively towards a brave new musical world – and sheds fresh light on Mahler’s own futuristic vision.