Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4 PM
Featuring Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 6 in A minor
Symphony No. 35 in D major (Haffner)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Our season opens by pairing Mahler’s most Classical symphony, the Sixth, with Mozart’s energetic Symphony No. 35. Mozart’s so-called Haffner Symphony, originating as a “serenade” of party music for the Haffner family, is gracious and celebratory.
It provides welcome contrast to Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a dramatically powerful, emotionally catastrophic, and utterly merciless depiction of heroism and oppression. Famed for its unquestionably tragic finale, the symphony has been heard both as a prophecy of the desolation of the First World War and as an attempt to wrestle with the inevitability of the composer’s own human and artistic mortality.
Photo credit: Andy Weigl Photography.