Iván Fischer is conducting an exciting programme featuring works by two brilliant, headstrong composers. Mozart’s sparkling Symphony No. 34 is reunited with its original Minuet, and soprano Miah Persson shines with the Concertgebouworkest in Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été.
Iván Fischer is always a welcome guest with the Concertgebouworkest – not only because he’s a fantastic conductor, but also because he likes to shake things up a bit. Constantly bringing new aspects to light in the classical and romantic repertoire, he is just as brilliantly headstrong as were the two composers whose music features on this programme, the classical Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the romantic Hector Berlioz. The latter’s languorous songs fit the Swedish soprano Miah Persson like a glove.
Mozart’s lively and festive Symphony No. 34 is being performed alongside the Minuet which Mozart had torn from the score just before the work was premiered. The movement was so beautiful that it would eventually take on a life of its own. Fischer is reuniting the symphony with the Minuet, but is keeping them separate, as Mozart intended. The Concertgebouworkest last performed Mozart’s Minuet in C major in 1973 under the direction of Bernard Haitink. It’s high time listeners got to know the work again!
Hector Berlioz was at least as self-willed as Mozart. Besides being a brilliant composer, Berlioz was an uncompromising visionary who struggled to control his emotions – both in his music and in his personal life. His turbulent and not always happy love life inspired him to compose such works as Les nuits d’été, a beautiful cycle of six songs which set poems by his friend and neighbour Théophile Gautier.