Grisey Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil Mahler Symphony No. 5
Vladimir Jurowski conductor Allison Bell soprano
As he arrived at his Fifth Symphony, something 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 Gérard Grisey’s songs are also quite special. These meditations on death through poetry from four distinct cultural traditions use techniques to extend the expressive range of conventional harmonies, creating an extraordinary and luminous canvas of sounds that has proved unfailingly alluring.
Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski introduces the texts used in Grisey's songs:
Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence Julian Anderson takes a look at the music of Gérard Grisey.
This concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3
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