At the peak of his skill, Mahler composed his dark and tragic 6th Symphony. A musical self-portrait in which he seems to predict the blows that life would have in store for him: the death of his young daughter, his dismissal as a conductor and his incurable heart disease.

The mirror he holds up to life sometimes displays a painful view of humanity – obsessive, destructive, always selfwounding, but Mahler also depicts humour, honesty and love.


Detlev Glanert/Johannes Brahms • Vier Präludien und ernste Gesänge (2005)
Gustav Mahler • Symphony No. 6 in A minor, 'Tragische'



Stéphane Denève


Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.

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Michael Nagy, baritone

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