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Come on a musical journey with of the most profound and moving composers, taking in great symphonies, songs and talks on the way.
This season, Southbank Centre has a wealth of opportunities for you to develop your own personal journey with Mahler; the composer who expanded the Romantic orchestra to breaking point and whose inventive approach often blurred the distinction between symphonies and songs.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Southbank Centre’s four Resident Orchestras, celebrates the anniversary of both the composer’s birth and death with an exploration of his great works.
Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski explains the immersive appeal of the composer: ‘Talking about Mahler is like about one’s love for Shakespeare or Pushkin... one could not live without Mahler. My with him started at the age of 15 when a recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony my father’s record collection. When I heard it, I knew I wanted to become a conductor.’
Leading conductor Lorin Maazel also his gaze towards Mahler with another Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra, investigating the intimate relationship between song and the composer’s symphonies.
Concerts in this London Philharmonic Orchestra series run from September 2010 to May 2011
Vladimir Jurowski conducts a programme of Wagner, Mahler and Liszt on Friday 21 January 2011
A complete Mahler symphony cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel, from April to October 2011
Vasily Petrenko conducts a programme of Judith Weir and Mahler on Sunday 24 April 2011