28 May 2021

Peter Mattei, baritone | Symphony No. 5, Kindertotenlieder

Stream: Fabio Luisi conducts Mahler

Tickets & Programme
May 2021 Friday 20:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Rick van Veldhuizen mais le corps taché d'ombres (commission)
Gustav Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5

Fabio Luisi leads the Concertgebouworkest in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the Kindertotenlieder, featuring the acclaimed baritone Peter Mattei. The young Dutchman Rick van Veldhuizen wrote a newly commissioned compostion for the orchestra.

Masterpieces by Gustav Mahler

Fabio Luisi conducts two masterpieces by Gustav Mahler. The Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who has often garnered acclaim for his interpretations of Mahler, joins forces with Luisi and the orchestra in the compelling song cycle Kindertotenlieder. Then follows Symphony No. 5, which the Concertgebouworkest has performed many times since the Netherlands premiere under the baton of the composer himself in 1906. Mahler had close ties with chief conductor Willem Mengelberg. While several conductors would confer a tragic character to the Adagietto, this was not Mahler’s intention: Mengelberg insisted that it was a pure declaration of love to Alma, Mahler’s wife.

Voluptuously tonal
Rick van Veldhuizen (photo: Eduardus Lee)
Rick van Veldhuizen (photo: Eduardus Lee)

Commissioned by the Concertgebouworkest, the young Dutch composer Rick van Veldhuizen wrote mais le corps taché d’ombre for harp and strings as a companion piece to Mahler’s symphonies. Van Veldhuizen tries to create a similar combination of constant fear of impending death and celebrating earthly existence which is characteristic of Mahler’s late symphonies. The music is, in the composer’s words, ‘voluptuously tonal, drenched in harmonies reminiscing Mahler, Ravel and disco-divas of the 1970s’.

American Global Friends

This concert stream is made possible thanks to the generous support of the American Global Friends of the Concertgebouworkest.