Larcher - Symphony No. 3 (Commissioned by The Concertgebouw Fund for NTR ZaterdagMatinee and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) (wereldpremiere)
Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Mezzo-soprano: Marianne Beate Kielland
Baritone: Markus Werba
Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magical Horn) is based on old German folksongs. Mahler paints a musical picture of life and death, full of narrative elements, dark passages and humour. For the Mahler Festival, Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu will conduct the songs in an orchestral version. Each song has its own world of sonorities, sometimes ethereal, sometimes forbidding, but always full of imagination. For example, what does it sound like when a donkey judges a singing contest between a cuckoo and a nightingale? Or when a young lady receives a visit from the ghost of her sweetheart, killed in battle? Marianne Beate Kielland and Markus Werba will join the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
You’ll also hear the world premiere of the Symphony no. 3 by Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, this season’s composer-in-residence with The Concertgebouw. The Concertgebouw’s Composition Fund commissioned him to write a new symphony for the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra he says is ‘an ensemble with which I have a very long professional relationship as well as a friendship. They have performed nearly all of my orchestral works.'