Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 4 — With Christine Schäfer

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Christine Schäfer — Soprano

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Bernard Haitink — Conductor

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Relive an epic evening with the late, great Bernard Haitink, who passed away at the end of 2021 at age 92, leaving behind an indelible legacy and extraordinary library of recordings that includes this sterling interpretation of Mahler's Fourth Symphony at the head of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

This masterpiece of figuralism transports us deep into the Austrian woods, where the composer spent his summers writing his epic symphonies. An energetic first movement with neo-Classical flourishes gives way to a second that brims with Romanticism, before the symphony closes out with the pure and enchanting timbre of soprano Christine Schäfer, who leads the audience into a state of perfect serenity in the finale, based on a vision of heaven.

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