The Siam Sinfonietta will continue Somtow Sucharitkul's Mahler Series with Gustav Mahler's spectacular Titan _ otherwise known as Symphony No.1 during the "Titanic Concert" at Thailand Cultural Centre on Feb 1 at 8pm.
The Siam Sinfonietta’s ‘Titanic Concert’, conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul, will premiere the fivemovement version of Mahler’s first symphony at Thailand Cultural Centre on Feb 1 at 8pm.
This will be the Thailand premiere of Mahler's five-movement version of the piece including the "lost" second movement, Blumine, which was rediscovered in 1966 by famed Mahler scholar Donald Mitchell. Siam Sinfonietta is one of Southeast Asia's premier youth orchestras, founded two years ago by Somtow Sucharitkul, and is already a winner of the world championship in the symphony orchestra category at the Summa Cum Laude Festival in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.
"Mahler One has been done relatively often in Thailand," Somtow said. "So we saved it until the Mahler Cycle was near completion. But we wanted to do something special with it that no one in Thailand has seen yet, so we decided to do this rare five-movement version, which was Mahler's original conception _ less a symphony than a monster of a tone poem."
The sinfonietta played the Thai premiere of the Blumine movement two years ago in a concert commemorating the birthday of HRH the late Princess Galyani Vadhana, to whom Somtow once made the promise that one day orchestras in Thailand would be able to play all the Mahler symphonies.
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