Mahler's Unfinished

The Adagio from Mahler's Tenth Symphony and Shostakovich's poignant Fourth Symphony


Saturday | 4/05/2025
7:30 pm Start of Concert
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Schloßstr. 2, 01067 Dresden
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Sunday | 4/06/2025
6:00 pm Start of Concert
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Schloßstr. 2, 01067 Dresden
Floor Plan

About the Concert

Tickets for this event will be available from 12.06.2024 from 10 am.

For many, thirteen is an unlucky number. For composers, it's more like ten, because starting with Beethoven, many were able to complete a ninth symphony, but died over their tenth or didn't even dare to start it. Like Mahler, who sketched his Tenth but had to leave it unfinished. But even if he didn't finish it, the grief, pain and deeply felt anguish in this music is still one of the most moving things you can hear in concert today. Shostakovich, on the other hand, managed fifteen symphonies, but his Fourth was not heard for decades. It was Stalin's fault, who put so much pressure on the composer that he withdrew his work. The drastic way in which the composer expressed the horrors of the Second World War was too dangerous for the communist regime.


Gustav Mahler
Adagio from the unfinished Symphony No. 10

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 4 in C minor


Vasily Petrenko
Dresdner Philharmonie


Vasily Petrenko

After his training and first engagements in St Petersburg, Vasily Petrenko began a successful career as an internationally renowned conductor. He has been Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2021, having previously led the Royal Liverpool Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. His charismatic manner and versatility on the concert and opera stage make him a highly sought-after artist who has recently made several successful US debuts.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

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