Mahler: Symphony No. 4 – Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

January 11, 2020, 9:00 am

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Mahler’s Fourth Symphony begins with a discourse on a simple violin tune and ends with a child’s view of heaven, delivered by a soprano. A hint of darkness comes in the second movement, where death’s fiddle leads a beguiling waltz; the ensuing Adagio is among the composer’s finest slow movements. Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra through this celestial symphony, which features the voice of soprano soloist Carolyn Sampson in the final movement, recorded by BIS Records at Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall in June 2018.