Alan Gilbert Conducts the New York Philharmonic Performing Mahler's Sixth Symphony
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The last date listed for Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony was Friday October 1, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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“Conducting this 100-minute score from memory and with unflagging stamina, Mr. Gilbert drew an organic, solidly executed and deeply involving performance from the orchestra.”—The New York Times on Gilbert conducting Mahler’s Third Symphony
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Mahler’s Sixth Symphony—a tour de force for virtuoso orchestra—speaks a powerful language never heard before that time (though its psychological effect could be compared to Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique Symphony”). Entwined in its tragedy are passages of great beauty and calm … the violins’ soaring “Alma theme” in the first movement—a portrait of the composer’s wife—and the sound of distant cowbells as if from alpine pastures. But in the last movement, listen for the hammer blows of fate, “the last of which fells [the hero] like the stroke of an axe,” Mahler said. He had originally indicated three strokes, but his superstitious nature made him eliminate one. Still, the number three turned out prophetic: his 4-year old daughter Maria died of scarlet fever and diphtheria, he resigned his post at the Vienna Opera, and his life-threatening heart condition was diagnosed. Hear for yourself whether Maestro Gilbert chooses two or three blows of the hammer in this vast symphonic journey.
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The New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the Orchestra currently plays some 180 concerts a year. On December 18, 2004, the Philharmonic gave its 14,000th concert—a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world.
Since 1917 the Philharmonic has recorded nearly 2,000 albums; more than 500 recordings are currently available. In February 2003, the Orchestra was honored by The Recording Academy with a Trustees Award in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the industry and American culture. Members of the Philharmonic also performed on the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, televised internationally from New York’s Madison Square Garden — the first time that a major symphony orchestra had performed live on the Grammy Awards.