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Opening with jingling bells and a rustic melody, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony dances towards its glowing finale, heard here with debuting conductor Robin Ticciati and soprano Ying Fang. Violinist Alina Ibragimova makes her SF Symphony debut in Jörg Widmann’s contemporary Violin Concerto, where soloist and orchestra contend with each other until finally settling their differences in a harrowing conclusion.
At A Glance
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 is perhaps his brightest and leanest symphony, opening with sleighbells and ending with a tremendous song called Das himmlische Leben (Life in Heaven). Still, Death makes an appearance in the second movement, playing a devilish folksong on the fiddle.