Mahler built an entire world when he composed his first symphony. The format appears classical – four movements, recognizable structures, references to the past. But the ingredients are explosive: folk songs, sounds of nature, Frère Jacques. Thus, a new geography was born for classical music. And MacMillan’s brand-new, tenderly doleful piece provides the perfect introduction.
James MacMillanLarghetto for OrchestraPRIMA ESECUZIONE IN ITALIAGustav MahlerSinfonia n. 1 in re maggiore “Titano”