Now Streaming: Mahler's Fourth Symphony
Let Mahler’s Fourth Symphony lead you into a sunny and childlike world, conducted by Lawrence Renes and featuring Jacqueline Porter. In the composers’ own words, his Fourth is all humour and naivety, but it is no less powerful for it. After the drama and power of his first three symphonies, Mahler steps back into an immaculately presented world of innocence and congeniality. Carefully constructed to point towards the final movement and, unusually, the solo soprano it features, this music encapsulated the original title of the poem: ‘There is not a cloud in the sky’. Opening with its iconic sleigh bells, a sense of moderation and childlike innocence sets the stage for Mahler’s shortest symphony at just under an hour. The inner movements are equally compelling, the second inspired by Arnold Bocklin’s painting “Self Portrait with death playing the Fiddle” and featuring a ghostly and folkish violin solo, and the third a stunning adagio the composer thought to be among his finest writing. The finale is glorious in its inventiveness in simplicity, with the lone soprano spinning a fine gossamer thread of the Bavarian folk song “Heaven is Hung with Violins” above the orchestra. FEATURING Lawrence Renes, conductor Jacqueline Porter, soprano PROGRAM MAHLER Symphony No.4
Play video Now Streaming: Martha Argerich & Guy Braunstein in Recital
Now Streaming: Martha Argerich & Guy Braunstein in Recital
Streaming from 7:30pm December 29, piano icon Martha Argerich and acclaimed violinist Guy Braunstein celebrate the great romantic duos at the intimate Pierre Boulez Saal.
Play video Now Streaming: Schubert's Unfinished Symphony
Now Streaming: Schubert's Unfinished Symphony
Streaming from 7:30pm AEDT December 8, one of Australia’s most successful musical exports, Nicholas Carter, returns to the MSO to conduct a shimmering program of Schreker and Schubert.
Play video Now Streaming: Beethoven's Triple
Now Streaming: Beethoven's Triple
Streaming from 7:30pm AEDT December 22, a brilliant pairing of Beethovenian genius with a symphony by Louis Farrenc, an acclaimed composer in her time, conducted by Laurence Equilbey.
Play video Now Streaming: Haydn's Creation
Now Streaming: Haydn's Creation
Streaming from 7:30pm AEDT December 15, Haydn’s musical portrait of the mystery of Creation comes alive in the magnificent Grote Kerk.
Play video Coming Soon: Melbourne International Jazz Festival | 2021 Opening Gala
Coming Soon: Melbourne International Jazz Festival | 2021 Opening Gala
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival together with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra present a spectacular opening to the 2021 Festival.
Play video Now Streaming: Haydn's Miracle Symphony
Now Streaming: Haydn's Miracle Symphony
Streaming from 7:30pm AEDT December 8, Nicholas Carter conducts a program celebrating new voices and miraculous music.