Half Six Fix: Mahler 4 with Sir Simon Rattle, Lucy Crowe (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra
Mahler Symphony No 4
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
A different way to experience the LSO, with a burst of music to kick-start your evening: one piece introduced by the conductor, a relaxed atmosphere, and digital programme notes to delve deeper into the music while we play.
In this Half Six Fix: Mahler isn’t necessarily massive, and his Fourth Symphony begins with sleighbells, birdsong, and a melody straight out of Mozart. It all seems deliciously simple. But this is Mahler, after all, and between that playful opening and the final portrayal of a child’s Heaven, there’s a whole universe of drama, emotion and heart-piercing beauty.
Sir Simon Rattle understands all that, of course. Mahler is one of the enduring loves of his musical life, and with soprano Lucy Crowe bringing all her insight and vocal radiance to that extraordinary finale, it’ll sound lovelier and more blissful than ever.
'The London Symphony Orchestra’s regular Half Six Fix is a quick shot rather than the full classical cocktail: one hour; one symphony; no messing around.' (inews)