Mahler Symphony No. 9
Marin Alsop, conductor
In the magnificent Ninth Symphony, Mahler depicts an epic conflict between a lasting love of life and a deepening dread of death. Since his great predecessors Beethoven, Schubert and Bruckner wrote only nine symphonies before they were overtaken by fate, Mahler felt he was facing a cataclysmic moment in his own creative life. In a vital testament to the power of the live concert experience, Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in this wonderful work.