About Mahler Symphony No 4

Elizabeth Llewellyn

Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Emilia Hoving conductor

Rolf Martinsson Ich denke Dein... 30' (UK premiere)
G Mahler
Symphony No 4 55'

‘There’s no music at all on the Earth which can ever compare with ours’ – The Heavenly Life

Mahler’s expressive Fourth Symphony centres around the poem Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life), a child’s vision of heaven, and the music is at times joyful, at times uneasy, ending in a beautiful and serene soprano solo describing the music of the angels. The first half of the concert features the UK premiere of Rolf Martinsson’s Ich denke Dein… a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, exploring the theme of love through five German poems. The soprano voice soars over the lush orchestration, bringing to life the passion of the verses.

Emilia Hoving supported by Pamela White

Mahler Symphony No 4 supported by Gabbs Solicitors