Berg: Altenberg-Lieder

with commentary by David Robertson

Played works

Alban Berg Altenberg-lieder


David Robertson Conductor

Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosopraan


Anne Sofie von Otter and the Concertgebouworkest under David Robertson perform Alban Berg’s Altenberg Lieder. You can watch the performance with or without Robertson’s commentary.

Altenberg Lieder by Alban Berg

Alban Berg’s Altenberg Lieder are called in full Five Orchestral Songs to Picture Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg Op. 4. Altenberg allegedly sent short poems on postcards to his friends, five of which Berg chose for his song cycle. The texts deal with the stormy but beautiful condition of the soul, and sensations of love and longing. You can watch the performance of Berg’s sensitive and lyrical Altenberg Lieder with or without David Robertson’s distinct explanation.

Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo soprano

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter made her debut with the Concertgebouworkest in 1996. She earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. Her busy opera and concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the globe. She also produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings; her double CD, ‘Douce France’, received a Grammy Award in 2015.

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