Performance Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | 8 PM

Matthias Goerne
Leif Ove Andsnes

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
With every performance, Matthias Goerne strengthens his reputation as “the most intellectually and vocally gifted male art-song interpreter of his generation” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). His partner on this recital, Leif Ove Andsnes, has earned similar praise for his intelligent, sensitive playing. Together, they make a formidable pair, performing striking music by Shostakovich and lusty, sensual songs by Mahler.


  • Matthias Goerne, Baritone
  • Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano


  • MAHLER "Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft"
  • SHOSTAKOVICH "Morning," Op. 145, No. 2
  • MAHLER "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen"
  • SHOSTAKOVICH "Separation," Op. 145, No. 4
  • MAHLER "Es sungen drei Engel"
  • MAHLER "Das irdische Leben"
  • MAHLER "Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen"
  • MAHLER "Wenn dein Mütterlein"
  • MAHLER "Urlicht"
  • SHOSTAKOVICH "Night," Op. 145, No. 9
  • MAHLER "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
  • SHOSTAKOVICH "Immortality," Op. 45, No. 11
  • SHOSTAKOVICH "Dante," Op. 145, No. 6
  • MAHLER "Revelge"
  • SHOSTAKOVICH "Death," Op. 145, No. 10
  • MAHLER "Der Tamboursg'sell"

  • Encore:
  • BEETHOVEN "An die Hoffnung," Op. 94


  • Matthias Goerne

    Highly praised for his warm, fluid baritone voice and his profound interpretations, Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally respected vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

    Mr. Goerne has collaborated with conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Simon Rattle; as well as with eminent pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Alfred Brendel.

    Mr. Goerne has performed with the world's leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony; as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris. Tours and guest appearances have led to performances throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US.

    Since his opera debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1997, Mr. Goerne has appeared on principal stages throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; Opéra national de Paris; Vienna Staatsoper; and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. His carefully chosen roles range from Papageno and Wolfram to the title roles in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, and Aribert Reimann's Lear.

    Mr. Goerne's artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. He is currently recording a series of 11 CDs of selected Schubert songs for harmonia mundi.

    From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Goerne taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

    Highlights in the 2011-2012 season include a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, and song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Paris, Vienna, and New York. 

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  • Leif Ove Andsnes

    Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. He appears each season with the world's leading orchestras and gives recitals in the foremost concert halls. Also an active chamber musician, he plays at Norway's Risør Chamber Music Festival and serves as music director of the Ojai Music Festival in California this year.

    Beethoven figures prominently in Mr. Andsnes's 2011-2012 season, including concerto performances with the Boston, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Trondheim, and Vienna symphony orchestras, the Norwegian and Swedish chamber orchestras, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Andsnes tours Italy with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with which he also begins his recorded cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos on Sony Classical. Other highlights this season include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Germany, Japan, and Norway; recitals in North America, Japan, and Europe; and a spring recital tour in the US with baritone Matthias Goerne.

    Mr. Andsnes's discography comprises more than 30 solo, chamber, and concerto releases, spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day and garnering eight Grammy nominations and five Gramophone Awards. Among his recent recordings are Rachmaninoff's Third and Fourth piano concertos with Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Schumann's complete piano trios with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. Among his honors are Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, the Peer Gynt Prize, and the Gilmore Artist Award.

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Schumann Dichterliebe, Op.48 (Im wunderschönen Monat Mai)
Matthias Görne, Piano; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Piano

At a Glance

In this program, Matthias Goerne concentrates on songs by two composers: Austria's Gustav Mahler and Russia's Dmitri Shostakovich. And rather than presenting their works as separate groups, he has chosen to interweave them, allowing their different voices to speak about common themes. The overriding theme is death and what might come after, as seen from the perspectives of both childhood and old age. Mahler and Shostakovich make a particularly apt pairing as Mahler was one of Shostakovich's favorite composers and his expressive techniques were frequently adopted by the Russian.

Mahler is most celebrated today for his 11 monumental symphonic works-music that  glorified the modern orchestra in all its virtuosity and timbral variety. Yet parallel to those large works were his more intimate lieder, whose melodies were cross-fertilized with the symphonies and even became movements in the Second, Third, and Fourth. On this program, we hear songs selected from three of his lieder sets: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Rückert-Lieder, and Kindertotenlieder.

The Michelangelo Suite of 1974 was one of Shostakovich's final works. From the middle 1960s onward, his health declined rapidly, yet his productivity remained as high as ever. No longer concerned about writing to please official taste, he fearlessly confronted his own sadness and rage against the Soviet system. In the poetry of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, he found an honest, uncompromising voice he could identify with: another aging creator disillusioned by corrupt society and longing for the release of death.
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