Semyon Bychkov conducts Mahler’s Fourth and a new work by Thomas Larcher
Mahler’s Fourth occupies a special place among his symphonies because of its delicate transparency: a sunny idyll that seems to be faced with a constant threat, however. Or, as the composer himself said: “It contains the cheerfulness of a higher and, for us, unfamiliar world that holds something eerie and horrifying.” The conductor of this performance is Semyon Bychkov. A new piano concerto by Thomas Larcher will also be presented, with Kirill Gerstein as soloist. The London Times called Larcher’s music “a wonderland of dizzying and extraordinary sounds”.
Semyon Bychkov conductor
Kirill Gerstein piano
Chen Reiss soprano
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Česká filharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, BBC Radio 3, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester