7th – 10th June 2017
Peter Longworth Escapades (World Premiere)
Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10
Wagner Götterdämmerung: An Orchestral Fantasy
Tomas Leakey Conductor
Macphail Centre, Ullapool; Lossiemouth Town Hall; Inverness Cathedral
“It seems as if something might be imparted to us in the Tenth for which we are not yet ready” Arnold Schoenberg
The Mahler Players return with the final concerts of the Mahler in Miniature series. Mahler’s Tenth, unfinished at the time of his death, has long fascinated audiences and performers. We perform the Adagio first movement, the only part of the symphony almost entirely completed by Mahler. Alongside Mahler’s final statement is an orchestral version of the last opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Götterdämmerung (“The Twilight of the Gods”). At around 45 minutes in length this is a presentation of the orchestral highlights of the opera, lovingly crafted into an unbroken symphonic line by arranger Iain Farrington.
We are delighted to be collaborating for the second time with Scottish composer Peter Longworth, whose work Pan’s Caprice we premiered to great enthusiasm from audiences in 2015. His latest work, Escapades, takes its inspiration from Mahler’s Tenth and we look forward with great anticipation to presenting it to our audiences in Ullapool, Lossiemouth and Inverness.
These concerts were generously supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland as well as the Garrick Charitable Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Hope Scott Trust and the Hugh Fraser Foundation. We also thank our corporate sponsors, Scott-Moncrieff Business Advisers and Accountants and HRI-Munro Architecture. Furthermore, these concerts would not have been possible without the support of our many generous private donors, who supported us both in our crowdfunding campaign of June 2016 and throughout our existence.