Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov
Mahler, Symphonie n°6
Semyon Bychkov is back at the Easter Festival this year, this time with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic where he has been musical director since 2018.
A conductor reputed for his knowledge of the romantic repertoire, Bychkov will lead the Prague-based players through a monumental piece by Gustav Mahler who was born in 1860 just a few kilometres outside Prague, that is “vital for him and many of his colleagues”.
A piece that literally takes possession of the entire orchestra, pushing them to the edge, his 1904 Symphony No. 6 known as “Tragic” is one of those spiritual epics that is very much at home with its huge size, letting the rich sounds of the wind and percussion instruments take centre stage.