CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Friday, April 17, 2015 | 8 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The original version of the finale of Mahler's Sixth Symphony included three hammer strokes of fate that presaged tragedies in the composer's life: the diagnosis of a heart condition that would prove fatal, the loss of his position at the Vienna State Opera, and the death of his daughter. Superstitious, Mahler eventually removed the third stroke. But he also included a magnificently melodic Adagio and a rapturous theme that represents his wife, Alma.