Teodor Currentzis (photo: MusicAeterna)

Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna of Perm Opera with works by Gustav Mahler

The orchestra musicAeterna of Perm Opera under the direction of Teodor Currentzis is one of the most exciting ensembles on the international music scene. This is its second appearance this season in the Philharmonie and on this occasion, it devotes itself entirely to the music of Gustav Mahler. One thing is certain: the composer’s Fourth Symphony and his Wunderhornlieder have probably never been heard like this before. The vocal soloists are Anna Lucia Richter and Florian Boesch.

musicAeterna orchestra of Perm Opera

Teodor Currentzis conductor

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Florian Boesch baritone

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Der Schildwache Nachtlied

Anna Lucia Richter soprano, Florian Boesch baritone

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Rheinlegendchen

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt

Florian Boesch baritone

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Verlorne Müh'!

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Lied des Verfolgten im Turm

Anna Lucia Richter soprano, Florian Boesch baritone

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

Florian Boesch baritone

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Lob des hohen Verstandes

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Der Tamboursg'sell

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Das irdische Leben

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

Gustav Mahler

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Revelge

Florian Boesch baritone

Gustav Mahler

Symphonie Nr. 4 G-Dur

Anna Lucia Richter soprano

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Theodor Currentzis and his orchestra musicAeterna of Perm Opera are among the brightest comets shooting into the international musical firmament in recent years. They will devote themselves completely to Gustav Mahler’s music at this concert. In August 1900 he wrote of his Fourth Symphony that it is “so utterly different from my other symphonies. But it must be that way; it would be impossible for me to repeat myself, and just as life moves on, I likewise explore new paths in every new work. That is why at first it always seems so hard for me to get down to work. All the skill that experience has brought one is of no avail.”

In fact, the work, which premiered on 25 November 1901 in Munich, differed significantly from Mahler’s other symphonies. One can mention, for instance, the comparatively moderate playing time of the Fourth, about 50 minutes, its traditional division into four movements, a relatively small orchestra by Mahler’s standards, and a melodic shape of sound that seems to look back on 18th-century models. The nucleus of the work is, however, the last movement, which Mahler already conceived of while working on his Third Symphony: setting a song to music from the collection published by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim between 1805 and 1808, Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

It is not only logical but promises to be an exciting Mahler experience beyond all interpretative routine whenTheodor Currentzis and musicAeterna of Perm Opera combine Mahler’s Fourth with the composer’s Wunderhornlieder.

Teodor Currentzis (photo: MusicAeterna)

Anna Lucia Richter (photo: Kaupo Kikkas)

Florian Boesch (photo: Lukas Beck)