Teodor Currentzis and soprano Christiane Karg find each other in the heavenly final movement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony; Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.
Soprano Christiane Karg transports us to heaven as seen through the eyes of a child.
Piano Concerto No. 2
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Symphony no. 4
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About this concert
Mahler’s lightest and airiest symphony is also one of his most popular works. Indeed, the symphony has been a part of the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s repertoire since 1904, when the composer himself conducted the work for the first time. The orchestra has since given no fewer than 240 performances of it. All the orchestra’s chief conductors have shone their own light on the work many times. This programme marks the Concertgebouw Orchestra debut of Teodor Currentzis, a conductor known for his unique interpretations. ‘As far as the Mahler symphonies are concerned,’ wrote music journalist Hans Heg, ‘from now on there’s before Currentzis and after Currentzis.’ In the final part, German soprano Christiane Karg transports us to heaven as seen through the eyes of a child.
Master pianist Alexander Melnikov is an equally singular performer. Nearly twenty years after his first performance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Alexander Melnikov returns for Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically carefree Second Piano Concerto. You won’t want to miss this!