David Robertson Conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under David Robertson perform Alban Berg’s Altenberg Lieder. You can watch the performance with or without Robertson’s commentary.
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.
Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter made her debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra 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.