Two very loud wooden hammer blows sound at some point. The Hero being felled by Fate? Mahler himself did not really know. What he did know was that cowbells should sound elsewhere as a counterpoint, as reminiscences of a peaceful alpine meadow. Tragic or not, Mahler prescribed one of the largest orchestral settings ever: eight horns, six trumpets and an enormous amount of percussion! The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra puts itself to it with relish. Their name may not sound very familiar to you, previously it called itself the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders and then simply deFilharmonie. The name changed, the quality remained the same.
There will be a free introduction at 1:30 PM, co-sponsored by the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven Friends Association.