John Findon (Tenor)
Marcus Farnsworth (Baritone)
Christopher Warren-Green (Conductor)
Dr Leah Broad (Presenter)
Join us to celebrate Gustav Mahler and his beautiful music, in what promises to be a very special evening. Following an orchestral musical journey with Blumine, Dr Leah Broad will help us get to know the man and his music, before John Findon and Marcus Farnsworth perform the haunting vocal lines to Das Lied von der Erde. All tickets include one free drink, redeemable at the bar downstairs at St John’s Smith Square.
“Uncompromising in everything he did, Gustav Mahler was equally admired and hated in his lifetime. As a conductor, he was ruthless — his singers were so offended by his criticisms that a couple challenged him to duels. He applied the same standard to his composing, declaring that a symphony must do nothing less than ‘be like the world. It must contain everything.’ This concert takes us on a journey through everything in Mahler’s world. We will travel from excitement, hope, and romance of Blumine, written in the wake of youthful love — to fear, resignation, and acceptance in Das Lied von der Erde, written shortly after Mahler was diagnosed with the heart condition that would kill him just a few years later.” (Dr Leah Broad)