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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra: Haydn / MahlerJames Gaffigan (conductor)

Please note the change of conductor: Zubin Mehta is unfortunately ill and will be replaced by James Gaffigan.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on stage in the Gasteig photographed from above.
Copyright: Astrid Ackermann

“My 5th symphony is a cursed work. Nobody understood it.” Mahler didn’t live to see the initial lack of understanding become admiration of the innovative composition.

Please note the change of conductor: Zubin Mehta is unfortunately ill and will be replaced by James Gaffigan.

“My 5th symphony is a cursed work. Nobody understood it.” Mahler didn’t live to see the initial lack of understanding become admiration of the innovative composition.

  • Ramón Ortega Quero, oboe
  • Mor Biron, bassoon
  • Radoslaw Szulc, violin
  • Giorgi Kharadze, cello
  • James Gaffigan (replaces Zubin Mehta), conductor

As is often the case in Mahler’s work, this symphony interweaves a yearning for death with affirmation of life, world-weariness with a sense of fulfilment, suffering with passion.  It opens with a funeral march, there’s a barn dance in the middle, followed by a musical declaration of love, and it builds to a climactic ending. Zubin Mehta prefaces Mahler’s groundbreaking soundscape with Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante – a work that was also ahead of its time. By focusing on four solo voices (oboe, bassoon, violin and cello) out of the orchestra as a whole, Haydn’s work varies between an instrumental concerto and a symphony – a challenge relished by the soloists from within the orchestra.

Programme

  • Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante B-flat major Hob. I:105
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No 5 in C-sharp minor

Introduction at 5:45 PM, free admission with a valid concert ticket