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'Titan' Symphony
Tuesday 14 May 2013 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London
CONDUCTOR - Charles Dutoit
Piano - Louis Lortie
£55, £42, £35, £28, £22, £17, £12, £9

MOZART Piano Concerto No.25

MAHLER Symphony No.1

Two expansive and powerful masterpieces, directed by the inimitable Charles Dutoit. Louis Lortie performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No.25, with its impressive scale and enthralling contrasts between light and shade. Mahler told Sibelius that 'the symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything'. Mahler’s First Symphony (initially subtitled the 'Titan') does just that, opening with spacious sounds evoking nature waking up. After a dancing second movement comes the brilliantly macabre third, in which a minor-key rendition of Frère Jacques – begun on double bass – contrasts eerily with brash marching music. The glorious finale resolves these conflicts, its final bars among the most dazzling and life-affirming ever written.

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