HELEN GRIME Woven Space (world premiere*)
MAHLER Symphony No 9
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
*Helen Grime's work was commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra by the Barbican
Part of the 2017/18 season
Mahler’s final symphony meets a new work by British composer Helen Grime in this double-bill with the LSO’s Music Director.
Nimble melodic lines take unexpected turns, rustling around one another inside vast orchestral landscapes. Bright orchestral colours shine with clarity, like light rays across a clear winter’s sky. At once familiar and strange, this is the music of Helen Grime.
Her new work reveals her world, before we arrive at another. Mahler’s final completed symphony, never heard while he was alive, doesn’t end so much as expire. Two slow movements frame two fast ones – the beginning, birth (or creation); the end, death (or ascension); with the hurried business of life in between.
Sir Simon Rattle once said that the music of Mahler never needed any translation for him; it just made sense. This performance promises to be a revelation.