Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Mary's Church
Church House



Gustav MahlerBlumine
Gustav MahlerRuckert-Lieder
~ Interval ~
Johannes BrahmsSymphony no.1 in C minor, Op.68


Janet Hicks – Leader
Rowan Baker – Conductor
Alison Langer – Soprano

Hitchin Symphony Orchestra

Programme Note

HSO is delighted to be working with local soprano Alison Langer on Mahler’s exquisite but often neglected Rückert-Lieder. Five of Friedrich Rückert’s poems are set to music for various contrasting orchestral forces as the poet contemplates the intersections of art, love and nature. The concert will conclude with Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 1, sometimes nicknamed ‘Beethoven’s tenth’. It will open with Mahler’s ‘Blumine’ (‘floral’ or ‘flower’), which was originally the second movement of his own first symphony. The piece uses the Brahms last movement choral as its main theme (even in the same key), tying the concert together.

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