Mozart and Mahler in Melbourne

The Arts Centre

100 St Kilda Rd

Southbank,VIC-3006

4 September
12:00AM
Mozart and Mahler in Melbourne
The great Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen debuts at the MSO with the thrilling sounds of Mahler’s First Symphony, Mozart’s third violin concerto and the overture to Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser. The program opens with Wagner’s overture to one of his first operas, the 1845 Tannhäuser. Mozart’s musical love affair with the violin started and stopped early in the composer’s life, while he was still a teenager, in fact. Five violin concertos would be completed by the end of 1775, when he was just 19, and then he never wrote another. A composer who consistently ranks on Melbourne’s favourite composer lists, Gustav Mahler is as important as he is popular. He reaches back to the Classical and Romantic masters before him, but also points the way music was to go. Those reflections of both the past and glimpses of the future are heard in his first symphony, titanic and awe-inspiring. Conducting, in his MSO debut, is Finnish maestro Pietari Inkinen, who dazzled Melbourne as conductor of Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle in 2016.

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