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Dec 18

Jakub Hrůša conducts Mahler

Abo E
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

Jakub Hrůša has set himself the goal of continuing our orchestra’s great Mahler tradition in chronological order over the coming years. Accordingly, in his third year as principal conductor the great »symphonic tale« of Mahler’s Third Symphony will feature on our programme. »What the Flowers in the Meadow Tell Me« is the second movement’s secret title, and all the other movements likewise originally had poetic titles dealing with all kinds of events, some whimsical, some of them heartfelt and profound – from animals such as the cuckoo and the donkey, human beings and angels to love as the highest of worldviews. The symphony has an unusual number of movements, six, and its setting is monumental, requiring around 200 performers. But as Mahler once said: »For me, ‘symphony’ means constructing a world using all existing technical means.« In the Third Symphony in particular, an impressive world unfolds – composed using an acoustic cosmos that had never before found its way into the symphonic genre, including folk songs and children’s songs, coarse marches, salon music and a wide variety of nature sounds. The symphony was composed during Mahler’s 1895 and 1896 summer holidays in the Salzkammergut. Mahler found inspiration out on long walks, after which he would retreat into the »composing cottage« built specially for him on the Attersee to »bring in the harvest«. When Bruno Walter visited him there in July 1896 and looked out onto the panorama of the Höllengebirge, Mahler told him: »You needn’t bother to look at anything – I’ve composed it all up!« We will fill Bamberg Concert Hall with the elegiac and pantheistic sounds of this symphony under the baton of our principal conductor and with a team of well-known vocalists.

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Bernarda Fink Alto
Tschechischer Philharmonischer Chor Brno
Bamberger Domchor

Gustav Mahler Symphonie Nr. 3 d-Moll