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Monday, September 29, 2014

Press Release - Orchestre Métropolit​ain opens its 34th season with Gustav Mahler's symphonic testament

Montréal, Thursday, September 25, 2014 - The Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will present a concert entitled Mahler's Romantic Landscape on Friday October 3rd and Saturday October 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de MontréalThis concert will bring to a close the Mahler cycle honouring one of the maestro's favourite composers begun back in 2001 shortly after he took up the baton with the Orchestre. The Austrian composer's monumental 10th symphony is a veritable symphonic testament. This season-opening concert is just the first event in celebrations marking Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 15th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain.
Mahler's Romantic Landscape
Comprising truly original symphonies on a scale never before seen, Gustav Mahler's orchestral music is unprecedented in the history of music. In writing the symphonies, Mahler said that he wished to "express his inner life" and "create a world with every means at his disposal." While only the first movement of the Tenth Symphony was completely finished and orchestrated before his death, detailed sketches were left of the other movements. Musicologist Deryck Cooke (1919-1976) believes that the work was about 90% complete in terms of its structure, harmony and melodic lines. Cooke never claimed to have completed the symphony; rather, he derived a performing edition of the piece based on Mahler's own sketches. First performed in London on August 13, 1964, under the direction of Berthold Goldschmidt, Cooke's version of the Tenth Symphony remains a masterpiece and a musical testament of inestimable worth.

Preconcert conference
A free 30-minute bilingual conference will be presented before each concert. Claudio Ricignuolo, a violinist with the Orchestre and speaker, invites music lovers to learn about the works on the evening's program. This activity is just one expression of the Orchestre Métropolitain's desire to share its passion for classical music and to make this repertoire accessible to everyone.

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