Distilled: Mahler 4

Thursday 23 November 2023

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A chamber arrangement of the last of Gustav Mahler’s three Wunderhorn symphonies offers the composer’s vision of ‘The Heavenly Life’ in ecstatic clarity.

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Soprano and Opera North Chorister Claire Lees joins the company’s Chamber Ensemble, led by Oliver Rundell, for the climactic song, summing up Mahler’s tapestry of innocence and experience: “We lead angelic lives, yet have a merry time of it besides”.

The symphony will be accompanied by companion piece a true blue sky by Carol J Jones, commissioned by the Orchestra of Opera North. Mahler compared the symphony to the “uniform blue of the sky”, which served as the inspiration for this piece.



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Featuring players from the staff and Orchestra of Opera North, our Distilled series explores new ways in which to present classical music. A chance to experience small ensembles interacting at close quarters, each of these shorter chamber programmes offers an intense experience of orchestral music in its purest essence. 


Oliver Rundell


Claire Lees


  The Opera North Chamber Ensemble

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Distilled: Mahler 4

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