Thu 30 Jan,19:30
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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Fri 31 Jan,19:30
City Halls, Glasgow
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Performance Details

Overture, Idomeneo (5’)
Seven Songs (20’)
Symphony No 4 (54’)

KAREN CARGILL – Mezzo-Soprano          

The radiant Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill has long championed the songs of Alma Mahler alongside those of her more famous husband, Gustav. It is a miracle they exist at all since Mr Mahler insisted that Mrs should “devote yourself to me unconditionally”, and cease composing. Characteristically, she did not pursue her composing career in public.

These orchestral versions showcase them alongside Gustav Mahler’s heavenly symphony, a piece he compared to “…the blue of the sky.” Saving the best until the last, Cargill completes the evening in the symphony’s touching, closing song – a child’s vision of heaven where angels bake the bread and St Peter fishes from a limitless pond.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.45pm - 7.10pm
Free to concert ticket holders in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Discussion on the life and music of Alma Mahler with author Cate Haste and SCO Creative Learning Director Kirsteen Davidson Kelly.

Digital editions of the programmes are now available for sale for £2 from 
These can be purchased and read online or downloaded the morning of the first concert of the week. We will then make these available free of charge the following Monday. 
Traditional printed programmes will still be on sale at the venue for £3.

Mark Wigglesworth


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Internationally renowned and Olivier Award-winning conductor Mark Wigglesworth is one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, as much at home in the opera house as the concert hall. Recognised for his masterly interpretations, his highly detailed performances combine a finely considered architectural structure with great sophistication and rare beauty.
Through a broad repertoire ranging from Mozart to Boulez, he has forged enduring relationships with many orchestras and opera houses throughout the world. His book The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters was published in October by Faber & Faber.

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Karen Cargill


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Forthcoming concert highlights include Gurrelieder with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana and David Afkham; Bruckner Mass in f minor with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons; Mahler Symphony no. 2 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden and also with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-tyla; Brangaene in concert for Montpellier Opera and Das Lied von der Erde and La Damnation de Faust for DSO Berlin and Robin Ticciati.

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