Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 82 'The bear'
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti
With Chen Reiss, Soprano
Daniele Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are taking Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony on tour with them. During its annual summer festival tour, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a regular guest at the Lucerne Festival. The chief conductor is appearing for the first time with his orchestra at the BBC Proms.
Mahler himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Dutch premiere of the Fourth Symphony in 1904. After the rustic first movement, the eerie second and the intimate third (several outbursts notwithstanding), we hear soprano Chen Reiss with her angelic voice singing an ode to das himmlische Leben in the finale.
Joseph Haydn wrote six symphonies for the Concert de la Loge Olympique, a masonic organisation in Paris, in 1786. The first in the set is the Symphony No. 82, popularly known as ‘The Bear’. As was often the case, this nickname was not Haydn’s own, but was added later by a publisher who thought he recognised in the last movement music reminiscent of the bagpipes accompanying dancing bears, then a popular street act.