“It is music coming from another world—it’s coming from eternity,” said conductor Herbert von Karajan of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. The composer's hallmarks are all present in his final completed work: sweeping breadth, profound emotion, a rustic dance, and unchecked ferocity. The ethereal finale is a serene farewell that sets grief, bitterness, and regret aside as it achieves transcendence.
The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
JOHANNES MARIA STAUD Stromab (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
There’s passion and power in Chausson’s and Britten’s sea music. Chausson set Symbolist poetry in his Poème de l’amour et de la mer, a two-song collection with orchestral interlude that is rich with metaphor and infused with steamy Wagnerian harmonies. There’s nothing metaphorical about Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; the sun’s glimmering light on the water, the sound of church bells, waking birds, and a savage storm are portrayed with gripping realism.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor Clémentine Margaine, Mezzo-Soprano Jay Friedman, Trombone Michael Mulcahy, Trombone Charles Vernon, Bass Trombone Gene Pokorny, Tuba
There is no denying that Tristan und Isolde is one of the greatest showcases for singers and conductors. This concert features performers who meet the challenge. The Independent called Jonas Kaufmann “the preeminent Wagnerian tenor of his era,” while the “lustrous vocalism” of soprano Camilla Nylund has been praised by Opera News. Andris Nelsons, who “seems to draw the best from every orchestra he works with” (The New York Times), conducts his Boston Symphony Orchestra in the impassioned Act II, which includes one of the most moving and beloved of love duets of Wagner’s masterpiece.
Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor Jonas Kaufmann, Tristan Camilla Nylund, Isolde Mihoko Fujimura, Brangäne Georg Zeppenfeld, Marke Andrew Rees, Melot David Kravitz, Kurwenal
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde, Act II (opera in concert)