CANCELLED: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Alan Gilbert
Hamburg International Music Festival
The concert programme of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle cannot go ahead as planned due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find detailed information on ticket returns here: Information on ticket returns
The number nine has something of a magic status for composers: Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, as did Dvořák; Bruckner did not live to complete his Ninth, while it might have been better for Gustav Mahler if he had not started work on a Tenth Symphony. Arnold Schönberg believed that, »The Ninth is some kind of boundary. A composer who wants to cross that boundary has to depart this earth. Those composers who wrote a ninth symphony were already close to the hereafter.« And the last symphony that Mahler completed does indeed seem like a farewell work. When he wrote it, he was suffering from depressions and panic attacks; he was already mortally ill, and under emotional strain as well.