Klaus Mäkelä made such an impression with his Concertgebouworkest debut in September that the orchestra invited him back on the spot. Now he’s back to conduct a programme featuring powerful milestones by Messiaen and Shostakovich.
Klaus Mäkelä is leading the Concertgebouworkest in two works which have become undisputed milestones of the twentieth century thanks to their emotional and dramatic power. Les offrandes oubliées firmly put the composer Olivier Messiaen, whose career was just starting off, on the map. It unfolds like a miniature symphony full of subdued tension and energy. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 vividly portrays tragedy, biting humour and a fear of death. The fierce second movement functions as a caricature of Josef Stalin, who died that same year.
‘The young Finn conducted as if he had never done anything else, and yet he is only twenty-four years young. What a huge talent this is!’ wrote the Dutch daily Trouw a few days after Klaus Mäkelä made his Concertgebouworkest debut last September. The review published by NRC Handelsblad spoke of a ‘dream debut’. The Concertgebouworkest, which was equally enthusiastic, invited him back in the same season to lead this additional ad hoc concert.