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.