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Symphony No.7, Op.109

Category Orchestral > Symphonies
Composed 2008-2009
Duration (approx) 20 minutes

2 Flutes (III = piccolo), 3 oboes (III = cor anglais), 3 clarinets (III = base clarinet), 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, baritone in B flat*, tuba, timpani (4 drums), percussion (2 players: tubular bells, 2 suspended medium & large cymbals, clashed cymbals, 3 gongs, tam-tam, bass drum), harp, strings.
* This is the ‘Tenorhorn’ as used in Mahler’s Seventh Symphony. The part can be played on a Euphonium, but the composer greatly prefers the more brassy tone of the baritone.

Recording(s) Symphony No.7 & Vespers
Publisher Faber Music

Commissioned by the BBC as part of the 2010 Mahler Festival.

First performance 24 April 2010
Venue Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Orchestra / Ensemble BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Ginandrea Noseda
Review Tim Ashley, The Guardian

... a single-movement, four-section work that also has great beauty and richness. It rings endless changes on a raptuous viola melody, heard at the outset over tremulous violins, and reaches its climax with a dexterous percussion cadenza before bounding towards an exuberant close. Breathtakingly scored, it was superbly played.