Mahler’s 8th symphony celebrates its 103rd anniversary today.
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Mahler’s 8th symphony celebrates its 103rd anniversary today.

  Today, September 12th is the day in 1910 when Gustav Mahler’s monolithic symphonic cantata the Symphony no 8 premiered in Munich. Mahler underwent much soul searching as he wrote it, but the audiences loved it, awarding the performance with a 20 minute ovation. Mahler himself conducted the premiere ¬†for which the impresario Emil Gutman…

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Ode to joy – the Sydney Symphony Opening Gala

A superb performance by all in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Monday 13th February 2012. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy with soloists Lorina Gore, soprano, Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo-soprano, James Egglestone, tenor, and Michael Nagy, bass, with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. http://bigpondvideo.com/classical/422089

Happy 80th  Sydney Symphony!
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Happy 80th Sydney Symphony!

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 80th birthday and the opening of its 2012 in style with performances across the weekend. The orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and led by Dene Olding perform R Strauss’ introspective Metamorphosen redeemed by the wild exuberance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9. Here’s what SMH reviewer Peter McCallum had to…