Fond Farewells - Master Series 3

Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor
Andreas Ottensamer - Clarinet

Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Mahler - Symphony No.9

Autumn. What is most beautiful cannot be held…


In Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, the solo instrument feels nearly weightless, a leaf on the wind. What other instrument can flutter so gently through an Allegro, or sigh so blissfully in an Adagio? Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, performs a piece that Mozart did not live to hear.


Mahler, likewise, never heard his Ninth Symphony. This is music that embraces the world in all its richness, with ardour and tenderness, and then – reluctantly – lets it go. Bernstein called it “Four Ways to Say Farewell.” With the faltering grasp of its heart-rending last movement, the symphony finally surrenders to the sound beyond all music: silence.


CODA / Thursday night only: After the concert, Andreas Ottensamer returns to the stage to play Mahler’s (arr. Ottensamer) Ich bin der Welt abhanden [O garish world, long since thou hast lost me] and a selection from Mendelssohn’s (arr. Ottensamer) Lieder ohne Worte [Songs without words].


Presenting Partner



The Mingling Room


FREE. One hour prior to the concerts in the Meeting Hall (located just behind the Adelaide Town Hall). There’ll be a bar so after the pre-concert presentation, you can linger, buy a drink and discuss the music with new and old friends before enjoying the concert.


The masterworks of Mozart and Mahler are tonight’s focus with celebrated educator and conductor Graham Abbott and ASO Principal Clarinet Dean Newcomb.

Watch Video

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto | Herreweghe/K├Âlner Philharmonie
Mahler: Symphony No.8 | Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin

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  • Thu 9 May, 2019 6:30pm
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