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Friday 24 February 2023 at 7.30pm
Saturday 25 February 2023 at 2pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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From a concert attendee:

Outstanding performance by our Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra were in very fine form in all three pieces but the Mahler really was amazing.

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Watch Mahler's Symphony No.5


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Siobhan Stagg soprano


Mary Finsterer MYSTERIUM I*
R. Strauss Four Last Songs
Mahler Symphony No.5

*World premiere of an MSO Commission

About this performance

MSO Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and Soloist in Residence Siobhan Stagg open Season 2023 with a new commission by MSO Composer in Residence Mary Finsterer and some of the most achingly beautiful music ever written.

  • Inspired by the renaissance-style motet, Mary Finsterer's MYSTERIUM I explores an interweaving of polyphonic musical structures within a serene and majestic setting.
  • Posthumously titled Four Last Songs after his death in 1948, Strauss’s sublime pieces farewell a life and world once-known, but irrevocably altered by two world wars. Superstar soprano and darling of the international stage, Mildura-born Siobhan Stagg imbues these complex works with nostalgia, naïveté, and gentle, world-weary heartache.
  • A central feature of the critically-acclaimed movie Tár starring Cate Blanchett, Mahler's Fifth Symphony is seeing renewed popularity. Written almost fifty years before Strauss’s songs and before the shadow of war, Mahler's mammoth work is a musical journey from tragedy to triumph: a story of life, death, and love. The lush lyricism of Mahler’s night-time storms, exuberant brass calls, and musical love letters draws us into a mysterious world beyond time and space.

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval

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