Alan Gilbert. Photo: Peter Hundert
Elin Rombo. Foto: Peter Knutson
Medlemmar ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Foto Mats Lundkvist
Refined music for soprano and orchestra.
Wednesday 13 January 2021 18.00Ends approximately 19.00
Gustav Mahler discovered, or rather was impacted by, a collection of folk poems and songs known as Des Knaben Wunderhorn, The Boy’s Magic Horn. The poems stayed with him for many years, becoming both song collections and the basis of sections in his first four symphonies.
The first three movements of his Fourth Symphony culminate in the Magic Horn movement, with the soprano solo: Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden: We enjoy heavenly pleasures. This is an open, light and lyrical yet playful piece of music, with recurring themes and tones from earlier movements.
The soloist is Swedish soprano Elin Rombo. She has performed many roles at the Royal Swedish Opera, and has also appeared on all of the major international opera stages. In recent seasons, she has performed at the Opéra National de Paris and the Berlin State Opera, where she depicted the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
The conductor will be American Alan Gilbert, who recently took over as chief conductor of the Hamburg NDR Elbphilharmonie; he is also the newly appointed music director of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Gilbert was chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000–2008 and he is now conductor laureate; he was subsequently chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concert will take place with an audience of maximum 300 people in the hall. The costumised seating plan allows only single seats.
The musicApproximate times
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 455 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Alan Gilbert conductor
- Elin Rombo soprano