Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra: Mahler, Strauss, Wagner

Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra: Mahler, Strauss, Wagner

Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra is presenting an symphony concert night in Budapest, in the most prestigious concert hall of Budapest, the Palace of Arts.

Andrea Rost lyric soprano

Andrea Rost lyric soprano

The concert is featuring Andrea Rost, lyric soprano singer, who has performed in leading roles with the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera as well as the Salzburg Festival.

  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  • R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Conductor: András Keller

Date: 18 September 2012, 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Venue: Bartók Béla National Concert Hall in the Palace of Arts, Budapest

Ticket Prices: starting from HUF 2,500 up to HUF 6,000

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

In 1868, Richard Wagner settled in Switzerland with his new lover Cosima, the daughter of Franz Liszt (and, more significantly, the wife of Hans von Bülow at the time). Their relationship was looked on disapprovingly in Bavaria, and even the composer’s great patron, King Ludwig II, turned against him as a consequence. The couple rented a house in Tribschen not far from Lucerne, where the composer completed Siegfried, the third opera in The Ring of the Nibelung cycle, in 1870 – the same year that he eventually married Cosima.

The Siegfried Idyll, an independent piece for small orchestra which uses some of the motifs from the opera’s final scene, was composed for Cosima’s birthday and was played as a serenade conducted by the composer himself on Christmas morning of 1870. Behind its restrained dynamics and dramatic character, the vivid power and tone of the stage works can be felt throughout.

Christopher J. Noel conducts the UI Symphony Orchestra at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 2007

R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
From May 1948 onwards, at a rate of roughly one a month, Richard Strauss composed a number of songs with orchestral accompaniment. These later became known as the Four Last Songs, with vocal parts probably inspired by the voice of the composer’s wife. These are the swan-songs of an 84-year-old master, composed to the verse of Hermann Hesse and Joseph von Eichendorff, and – with the exception of the first song (Spring) – take mortality as their theme (September, Going to Sleep, and At Sunset), while the theme of his earlier Death and Transfiguration is invoked in the last song.

Renee Fleming – Strauss’ 4 Last Songs – Im abendrot

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 is the apotheosis of Vienna. Despite this, it was not given an easy reception by the Viennese; indeed, its first public performance took place not in Vienna but in Munich on 25 November 1901. The composer certainly provided sufficient material for arguments over the composition.

An audience accustomed to works written for symphony orchestra by Wagner, Bruckner and Richard Strauss might have been put off at discovering the lack of deeper brass instruments (trombones and tubas), the generally light, chamber music-like orchestration and, above all, the extraordinarily uniform mood of the composition as a whole. It lacks contrast between light and shadow, the four movements seeming to carry a single heavenly vision throughout.

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 4 – 1 (1/2) – Leonard Bernstein

The three pieces are presented by: Concerto Budapest, formerly known as MATAV /Magyar Telekom Symphony Orchestra


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