Gérard Grisey: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil for voice & 15 musicians
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.5
Jurowski conducts Mahler's epic and expressive Fifth Symphony.
Both the musical canvas and emotional scope of Mahler's Fifth Symphony are huge; something big was changing inside Gustav Mahler. Gone was the gentle, singing enchantment that had influenced his first four symphonic works.
Suddenly Mahler's orchestra was fighting for life, punching out with declamatory force and declaring a love that was so strong it hurt.
Few works have the impact and beauty of the Fifth Symphony, but Gerard Grisey's songs are something quite special all the same.
These meditations on death through poetry from four distinct cultural traditions use Spectralist techniques to extend the expressive range of conventional harmonies, creating an extraordinary and luminous canvas of sounds that has proved unfailingly alluring.
Free pre-concert event, 6.15pm until 6.45pm, Royal Festival Hall
Julian Anderson, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Composer in Residence, takes a look at the music of Gérard Grisey.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Allison Bell soprano