This year’s BBC Proms have a number of concerts of Mahler’s music. Matthias Goerne, Jonathan Nott, David Robertson, Dawn Upshaw, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly take their respective turns on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.
The works being performed are:
Kindertotenlieder – PromÂ 65
Des Knaben Wunderhorn – selection – PCMÂ 13
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – PromÂ 76
Symphony No.4 – PromÂ 59
Symphony No.6 – PromÂ 28
Symphony No.9 – PromÂ 5
Symphony No.10 (compl. Cooke) – PromÂ 69
All concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 (available online).
“Frozen for eternity in death”
Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Nott: Yes. I actually came across Mahler when I was eight years old, singing in the boys choir in Worcester Cathedral; it was Mahler’s 8th.
Was Mahler part of the repertoire when you discovered his symphonies in the UK?
Nott: I wouldn’t say I discovered them ”“ apart from the 8th ”“ I just had much more experience of the 8th than anything else. I wasn’t really a concert-goer.
I grew up in the Midlands, in Worcester; there were concerts, but it wasn’t like being in Vienna or even London. There were very few opportunities to experience a Mahler symphony, therefore I think my first encounters were in mainland Europe ”“ Frankfurt, where I ended up in the late 80s.