The Mahler Players

Richard Wagner in Venice: A Symphony

The Mahler Players are delighted to return to the concert platform for our first performances since 2019, and the first orchestral concerts in the Highlands since before the pandemic.

Matthew King Richard Wagner in Venice: A Symphony (World Premiere)
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor K.550

Both performances will be in the Strathpeffer Pavilion.

These performances present Wagner not as the famous composer of operas but as a radical composer of symphonies, both real and imaginary. The Mahler Players present the world premiere of Richard Wagner in Venice: A Symphony, by Matthew King. Composed in 2021, this Symphony brings to life for the first time many of Wagner’s late sketches, left unfinished at the time of his death in 1883, and until now largely unknown and unheard outside specialist circles. Matthew King describes it as “a piece that plays with history, and tries to imagine something that never happened, drawing connections between tiny scraps of music which would otherwise remain forever separate and fragmentary”. Also in the concert is Wagner’s beautiful masterpiece for chamber orchestra, originally titled “Symphony” and written for his wife’s birthday on Christmas Day 1870, Siegfried Idyll. Completing this trilogy of symphonic works spanning over 230 years, is Mozart’s dramatic and powerful Symphony No. 40.

We will be honoured to be in the presence of the composer, Matthew King, who will give the audience an introduction to his symphony, including the playing of some of the original sketches as Wagner left them.

The concerts, on the 25th and 26th September, will both be in the magnificent surroundings of Strathpeffer Pavilion. The Mahler Players’ debut recording, featuring Richard Wagner in Venice: A Symphony and Siegfried Idyll, will be exclusively available for audiences at these concerts, ahead of its wider release on 22nd October 2021.

…a moving 21st-century adventure into the late 19th century by Matthew King that raises intriguing questions about the nature of authenticity and the as ifs of music history.
John Deathridge, Emeritus King Edward Professor of Music at King’s College London and author of Wagner Beyond Good and Evil

“I must have seen a complete Ring Cycle at least five times in my life and can honestly say that I have never been as excited by a performance as I was by yours last night.”
Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith, audience member

“Outstanding…Scotland’s best-kept musical secret” Michael Tumelty in the Herald Scotland

The Mahler Players will be operating with a reduced audience capacity for these performances to help you feel more comfortable.

In the event of cancellation of this concert, a refund will be offered.

What audiences say

Wonderful performance. Brilliant musicians. Fantastic singers. Unforgettable. Fantastic.

An experience that was out of this world.
One of the most beautiful and strangest (positively!) experiences in my life.
Wonderful performance by all, fluid and perfectly paced.
Wow! Mind-blowing stuff. Incredible orchestration, transformative experience.
It was a truly memorable performance. Thank you for bringing this to the Highlands.
Absolutely outstanding playing and singing – an exceptional experience, gripping drama. Huge credit to soloists, players, arrangers and conductor. We hope for more. Certainly one of the most memorable concerts I can recall.
Absolutely marvellous. Fantastic. Didn’t know what to expect. Totally first class, everyone.
A standing ovation, well deserved for a stunning performance with all the drama and grandeur of a much bigger group of musicians, so much ambition and attention to detail – and can only wait impatiently for the next chapter.
I’m not often moved to tears by music: this was one such occasion. There was no doubt in my mind that every player was entirely committed to the performance. Thank you for a deeply personal and intensely moving experience.
Out of this world. Quite exceptional. I feel privileged to have been here. A once in a lifetime experience.

Tremendous orchestra, tremendous singing – A revelation in the Highlands.
Phenomenal!! The power and the impact of a top-notch full orchestra combined with the intimacy of a chamber group.

 What the critics say
***** “White-hot drama” What’s On North

Fantastic artistic results…received with shouts of rapture and lengthy standing ovations
Dorota Kozińska for opera blog “Upiór w operze”

**** “Outstanding…Scotland’s best-kept musical secret” Michael Tumelty, The Herald Scotland

These concerts are supported by the Hope Scott Trust and HRI-Munro Architecture. With thanks to Tony Shoults, The National Lottery Through Creative Scotland, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Wagner Society of Scotland, The Wagner Society and High Life Highland for their support towards the commission and recording.

Saturday 25th September 8pm
Sunday 26th September 3pm

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