Essentials: Mahler’s Fourth

Teodor Currentzis conducting, with soprano Christiane Karg

Teodor Currentzis and Christiane Karg find each other in the heavenly final movement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

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Teodor Currentzis and Christiane Karg find each other in the heavenly final movement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

Soprano Christiane Karg transports us to heaven as seen through the eyes of a child.

Concert programme

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 4

Performers

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About this concert

The Essentials Series introduces you to the masterpieces every music lover should know, performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra and given a lively introduction by the incomparable Thomas Vanderveken. 

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. 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 the Dutch daily Trouw, ‘from now on there’s before Currentzis and after Currentzis.’ In the final movement, German soprano Christiane Karg transports us to heaven as seen through the eyes of a child.