Leslie Suganandarajah conductor
Christa Mayer mezzo-soprano
Mayer Faust Overture
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 in B minor, ‘Pathétique’
Leslie Suganandarajah steers us through our final concert of the year in a programme that explores desire, grief and hope. We witness a pact with the Devil in Emilie Mayer’s Faust Overture before mezzo-soprano Christa Mayer joins the orchestra for a performance of Gustav Mahler’s grief-stricken Kindertotenlieder. Rife with passionate impulses and exhilaratingly dramatic twists, we end the programme with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony – the fullest expression of a profoundly emotional man’s feelings are shared with us through his music.