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Gabriel Feltz and Elisabeth Kulman

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Konzerthalle Bamberg: Joseph Keilberth SaalMußstr. 1, Bamberg, Bavaria, 96047, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Performers
Bamberg Symphony
Gabriel FeltzConductor
Elisabeth KulmanMezzo-soprano

»Deine Neugier ist Verrat!« – »Your curiosity is treason!« says a poem by Friedrich Rückert. Rückert’s work exerted a well-nigh magical pull on Mahler, including for the »Kindertotenlieder« (»Songs for Dead Children«). Mahler’s works often dealt with the afterlife and sometimes very distressing themes – that is, with the negative aspects of our world. This was taboo for his young wife Alma, who once said in horror, »You're tempting fate!« The cruel tragedy was that two years after the songs’ premiere in 1905, their young daughter died – and Mahler, deeply pained, said that he could not have composed these »terribly sad« works afterwards. Before these poignant musical documents are interpreted by the internationally sought-after singer Elisabeth Kulman, we will first provide a breath of fresh air with a ritually timeless work by the eminent Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu. Takemitsu once described the orchestra as a »garden« full of fascinating impressions, and he loved the sounds of his everyday environment. His enthusiasm for the invisible movement of the wind can be heard in the shifting perspectives of the piece »How Slow the Wind«, composed in 1991. Our programme, conducted by Fabio Luisi, will come to a close with a further exciting work: the Second Symphony by Franz Schmidt, completed in 1913. Schmidt was one of the last representatives of Austrian late romanticism and had both Slavic and Hungarian roots. For his contemporary Mahler, he was »the most musical person in Vienna« at the time. His symphonic cosmos develops an ingeniously disguised network of themes, and its climaxes achieve a »Dionysian momentum« – a monumental work, of which one critic raved: »This novel work had the sensational effect of a fresh revelation of purposeful artistic progress.«

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