This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic features a single, epic piece: Mahler's Sixth Symphony. Composed from 1903-05, this tour de force for virtuoso orchestra speaks a powerful language never heard before that time.
"There's something very special about the Sixth," says Gilbert. "It happens to be a deeply disparing, pessimistic work. Something about the ending is just utterly devastating. There are not many pieces where you don't know what to hope or even wheether to hope. But the journey along the way, from beginning to end, really covers the entire life experience."
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"