Founded 21 years ago by the musicians themselves, and akin to an orchestra of 45 soloists from over 20 nations, the superb Mahler Chamber Orchestra players describe themselves as “a nomadic collective of passionate musicians.” They were nurtured by legendary Italian maestro Claudio Abbado and, under his brilliant natural successor Daniel Harding – the MCO’s Conductor Laureate – the orchestra is now on the top rung of world orchestras. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and violinist Pekka Kuusisto are among the Artistic Partners with whom the orchestra works closely.
The MCO’s sound is characterised by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities, who bring a palpable collective musical intelligence and evenness of skill to whatever they play. In these glorious Australian performances you will enjoy some of the most beautiful music the world can offer.
Only in Adelaide, you can experience in one sitting that extraordinary six-week burst of creativity that resulted in Mozart’s three final symphonies, and in another feel the deep connection between early and late Viennese Romantics: Schubert (his sunny Third Symphony) and Bruckner (the majestic Fourth).
No music lover should miss either of these magnificent programs.
… the truth is that this is one of those orchestras in which all are stars.
Sat 9 March, 8pm
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D major, D.200
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, WAB104 ‘Romantic’ (1878)
Duration: 2hrs, including interval
Fri 8 March, 8pm and Sun 10 March, 3pm
Mozart’s Last Symphonies
Symphony No.39 in E-flat major, K.543
Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550
Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 ‘Jupiter’
Duration: 2hrs 35mins, including intervals
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