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Mahler, Ravel & Sir Harrison Birtwistle

 30 July 2014 at 7.30pm 

Mahler, Ravel & Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Alexandre Tharaud piano
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena conductor

The intense, contrasting moods of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 – the bitter solemnity of its funeral march, the violence of its second movement and the tenderness of the famous Adagietto – make this one of the great orchestral showpieces.

In his Proms concerto debut, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud performs Ravel’s atmospheric and virtuosic Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and the concert opens with the first of several works at this year’s Proms celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday – an atmospheric plunge into mossy, melancholic darkness, lightened only by the call of birds.

Harrison Birtwistle : Night's Black Bird
Maurice Ravel : Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

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