23 October 2020

Deutsch world premiere

About Klimt

Mahler, Strauss, Zemlinsky, Cerha

Tickets & Programme
October 2020 Friday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Friedrich Cerha Paraphrase über den Anfang der 9. Symphonie von Beethoven
Alexander Zemlinsky Lyrische Symphonie opus 18: Sprich zu mir, Geliebter
Alma Maria Mahler Songs: Bei dir ist es traut/Waldseligkeit
Gustav Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Bernd Richard Deutsch new work (with visuals)
Alexander Zemlinsky Vorspiel zum 1. Akt 'Es war einmal'
Richard Strauss Salome: closing scene

Vienna as it was around 1900 is brought to life again with music intersecting with Klimt’s work by Alexander Zemlinsky, Gustav and Alma Mahler, Richard Strauss and Friedrich Cerha, as well as a world premiere by Bernd Richard Deutsch. Cristian Macelaru is conducting the Concertgebouworkest and the soprano Elena Stikhina.

Klimt, Zemlinsky, Mahler and Strauss

Gustav Klimt’s life and work were closely connected with those of Gustav and Alma Mahler, Richard Strauss and Alexander Zemlinsky. Klimt’s decorative art runs through their music like a golden thread. Only a few of Alma’s late Romantic songs have survived. She had relationships with both Klimt and Zemlinsky, yet married Gustav Mahler. The Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony is considered his ultimate declaration of love to Alma. Klimt’s influence resonates in Richard Strauss’s sensual opera Salome. In the final scene, the kiss is imbued with a dark intensity: when Salome kisses John the Baptist’s severed head, she herself is condemned to death.

Klimt and Beethoven

Gustav Klimt honoured Beethoven, born 250 years ago, with the beautiful Beethoven Frieze depicting the finale of the Ninth Symphony which is still on display at the Vienna Secession Building. The Viennese composer Friedrich Cerha wrote a ‘musical paraphrase’ of the beginning of the same symphony. The programme also features a newly commissioned work by the Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch, for which the well-known artist and designer Bas van Beek has created visual images.