Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Gatti, Reiss
Lucerne Festival

mar. 05/09/2017 de 19h30 à 21h30

Fuseau horaire : Zurich (GMT+02:00)

KKL Luzern
Europaplatz 1
6005 Lucerne
Symphony Concert 25
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Chen Reiss, Soprano, soprano
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony in C major Hob. I:82 The Bear
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphony No. 4 in G major
What do Joseph Haydn and Gustav Mahler have in common? Musical humor and a delight in folklore, in the intersection of the elite and the popular, which was central to the identity of both. In the finale of his first Paris symphony, Haydn composed a rustic bagpipe dance with such a down-to-earth drone that his contemporaries thought even a bear could dance to it. And this association immediately led to the work’s nickname: L’Ours. In his Fourth Symphony, Mahler took up the difficult question of what happens to us after we die: but from the child’s perspective, depicting a Paradise that surprisingly resembles a land of milk and honey. For this he set to music a folk poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which the soprano sings in the final movement. Yet behind this seemingly naive facade, Mahler opens up deeper and darker perspectives by having the music contradict the text. With its great Mahler tradition, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is made for this work.
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