10-12 May. S. Ceclia's musical director conducts Marler's symphony no 9, the composer's last completed work, which was written between 1908 and 1909.
There are numerous interpretations of this symphony, as a herald of Mahler's own death, as influenced by the death of his daughter, as a prelude to the coming wars or, on a more optimistic note, as the indicative of the last creative moments of his life.
Although he was ill with a heart condition Mahler was still busy and active during this period, preparing for the premier of symphony no 8 and writing – but not completing – the 10th symphony, as well as looking forward to his position as director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. de Coubertin 30, www.auditorium.com.