Anguish with or without words: the Philharmonia plays Schubert and Mahler

Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony no. 8 in B minor and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde received a gleaming treatment from the Philharmonia, conducted by a very athletic Josep Pons. Pons’ sense of powerful control served to underline the deep emotional colours of each piece, the Schubert evoking doubt and fear, the Mahler simply bewildering.

Click here to read my full review on Bachtrack.

das-lied

Das Lied von der Erde’s lyrics are inspired by the highly stylised work of Tang Dynasty poets

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