Vienna Philharmonic | Daniel Harding
KKL Luzern

dim. 10/09/2017 de 17h00 à 19h00

Fuseau horaire : Zurich (GMT+02:00)

KKL Luzern
Europaplatz 1
6005 Lucerne
Symphony Concert 29
Vienna Philharmonic / Wiener Philharmoniker
Daniel Harding, conductor
60th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Lucerne debut

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
arranged by Erich Leinsdorf
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphony No. 6 in A minor
How strongly is our identity dominated by external constraints, coincidences, and twists of fate? The final concert of the Summer Festival offers a clear answer. In Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande, a grim fatalism reigns, and the heroes are only victims who sense a doom that they cannot oppose: fin de siècle – a mood of apocalypse? Gustav Mahler intensifies this atmosphere into nothing less than catastrophe when he has fate not just knock on the door but symbolically strike with a monstrous hammer blow. His widow Alma believed that Mahler anticipated his own fate: the loss of his prestigious position as the director of the Vienna Court Opera, the death of their little daughter Maria, and the heart disease from which he would die at the age of just 50. In spite of all the anxiety we might sense in it, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is a marvelous confessional work – especially when performed by the Vienna Philharmonic and by a Mahlerian as fiery as Daniel Harding.
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