Mahler - Symphony No. 4 in G
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
This concert has an intermission
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Soprano: Anna Lucia Richter
Mezzo-soprano: Elisabeth Kulman
Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and the Munich Philharmonic
The Munich Philharmonic have a special bond with Mahler's Symphony No. 4: it was this orchestra that had its world premiere in the autumn of 1901, under the baton of the composer himself. Not a successful premiere, the work was recieved with resistance and misunderstanding, and was dismissed by the press. However, since that fateful premiere, the work has grown into arguably Mahler's most beloved symphony. In that regard, Bruno Walter, Mahler's colleague and friend, was right when he shouted to the ranchers after the first performance in Vienna that "Mahler and his immortal work will be alive long after you are dead and buried."
Das Lied von der Erde
The world keeps turning - roughly the tenor of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. In texts inspired by Chinese poems, life is seen as a continuous transition stage. The idea of mortality plays a major role in this work. Mahler knew he was terminally ill and he had also lost his daughter. He had lost everything and had to "learn to walk like a newborn again," he wrote to a friend.