A very warm welcome to a great orchestra – conducted by the equally great Zubin Mehta!
Wednesday 2 May 2018 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
History carries this orchestra forward. Richard Wagner called it the most exceptional of its kind in the world, an assertion with which Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler all agreed. Richard Strauss emphasised that no matter how much one praises the Vienna Philharmonic, there is still a risk of underrating them.
Conductor Zubin Mehta has collaborated with the orchestra for over 50 years and is the closest to a living legend to have worked with all of the leading orchestras and opera houses in the world. Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah from 1942 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will be performed here.
Jeremiah was composed in the midst of war and is dedicated to Bernstein’s father. In the final movement, Lamentation, Jeremiah’s sorrow can be heard as he mourns his beloved Jerusalem. Vocal soloist is Austrian mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman, formerly associated with the Vienna State Opera but now active globally in concert and opera settings.
Three things influenced Mahler’s symphonic style as he worked on his fifth symphony: that the winter before, he had nearly bled to death; that while recovering, he had immersed himself in the collected works of Bach; and that in the midst of working on the piece, he met his future wife, Alma Schindler.
The musicApproximate times
Leonard Bernstein Jeremiah "Symphony No. 1"24 min
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 570 min
- Wiener Philharmoniker
- Zubin Mehta Conductor
- Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano