Mahler Symphony No 6
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony; a work which is disturbing in its nihilistic despair yet attains a true and monumental grandeur. The orchestral forces used are formidable: eight horns, six trumpets, four trombones, two harps and celesta and strings to match. Yet while it was written at one of the happiest times in Mahler’s life, march-rhythms haunt the symphony. And in the final movement, the extensive percussion section is augmented by a huge hammer for three blows of fate, leading to perhaps the bleakest ending in all music.