Enchanted horns usher into dark forests where two brothers vie for the queen’s hand, with dire consequences …
Inspired by stories from the Brothers Grimm, Das klagende Lied (The Sorrowful Song) is Mahler’s astonishingly assured opus one, a preview of his epic, kaleidoscopic symphonies. Like those, it bursts with the magic and mystery of nature, and the joys and fears of childhood.
The charismatic Simone Young leads the orchestra in this performance featuring singers, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and not one but two orchestras - one of them offstage.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Simone Young, conductor
Eleanor Lyons, soprano
Michaela Schuster, mezzo-soprano
Steve Davislim, tenor
Andrew Collis, bass-baritone
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
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