SegundaLeyDeNewton wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:32 am
I´m aiming to apply all of this! the program is the symphony No.9 by Gustav Mahler, i´m just hoping that the background story of this symphony doesn´t get her in a sad mood. Maybe i should not tell her...
As I'm sure you know, Mahler's 9th is one of the very greatest of orchestral works - with the right orchestra and conductor it can be a very profound experience - one of those symphonies that, after hearing a good live performance, you emerge feeling the world has changed. And that wonderful final slow movement....
Some years ago I took a girl friend, who was open minded but had no experience of classical music, to a BBC Proms concert. The programme was Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 and Shostakovich Symphony No 4 performed by Gergiev and the (then) Kirov Orchestra. I was very nervous about taking her but she was totally electrified and thrilled by the Shostakovich and later I took her to quite a number of Mahler concerts, which she loved. Mind you that wasn't a first date.
Incidentally Clive Gillenson, when he was General Manager of the LSO, said that more people return to the LSO after a first experience of hearing a Shostakovich symphony than with any other composer.
What I am really saying is that IMO people with no knowledge of classical music find it easier to relate to, say, Shostakovich and even Mahler than to, say, Mozart or Brahms.
Go for it. (You can always laugh about it afterwards in any case.)