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Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

7.30pm, Tuesday 21 May 2013
St John's Smith Square

Conductor: Russell Keable

Symphony No. 7

Mahler's Seventh Symphony was poorly received by audiences in his own lifetime, who found it confusing. Certainly it is complex harmonically, and has something of a split personality, with its initial optimism and joy tempered by Mahler's revisions, which were made following the death of his daughter and his own diagnosis of an incurable disease. But since then it has become far more popular and well known with audiences, even outside the concert hall with the opening theme of the second movement used in TV advertisements for Castrol GTX in the 1980s.