The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra has announced a cycle of all ten Mahler symphonies next season, rare in the land of Sibelius.
‘No one symbolises Europeanism more fully than Mahler,’ says chief conductor Hannu Lintu. ‘Woven into his life and work are all the inter-nation traumas and dreams that have moulded our modern and civilised Europe.’
The cycle will kick off in August with a Helsinki Festival performance of the Symphony of a Thousand with an all-Finnish soloist line-up including Camilla Nylund, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Lilli Paasikivi, Tommi Hakala and Mika Kares, cunducted by Lintu. Other batons in the series are Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Manfred Honeck, David Zinman and Ryan Wigglesworth.
Mahler in Finland, September 1907