François-Xavier Roth (c) Holger Talinski

Großes Abonnement
Kleines Abonnement A

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Gustav Mahler | Sara Mingardo - Alto, Women of Schola Heidelberg, Girls and boys of the Cologne Cathedral, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth - Conductor
  • 30.09.2018 Sunday 11:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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  • 01.10.2018 Monday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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  • 02.10.2018 Tuesday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 D minor for alto, women's choir, children's choir and orchestra (1895-96, rev. 1899)

Sara Mingardo Alto
Schola Heidelberg Women of Schola Heidelberg
Walter Nussbaum Choirmaster
Mädchen und Knaben des Kölner Doms Girls and boys of the Cologne Cathedral
Eberhard Metternich Choirmaster
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
François-Xavier Roth Conductor

“For such as this, the man deserves a few years in prison,” the indignant critic of a later performance in Vienna expressed his outrage. Good that Mahler’s colossal Third was not first performed in 1902 in the capital city of classical music, but rather in rather remote – at least when seen from Vienna – Krefeld. By the way: it was a triumphant success. Mahler himself wielded the baton, and the Gürzenich Orchestra played. The composer explained the unprecedented dimensions of the symphonic “friendly giant”: his aim was to build a world with musical means. The world of Mahler’s Third begins with a dramatic march: are the arrival of spring and the reawakening of nature actually supposed to sound like this? The first movement alone lasts more than half an hour. The tales of the flowers in the meadow and the animals in the forest turn out to be more concise. An alto solo directly addresses man in Nietzsche’s words, before angels burst out in heavenly hullaballoo. But the final say of this world panorama needs no words: love itself sings, “reposeful”, endlessly luminous: is this an extension of the 19th century or a portal to the modern era? From this point forward, music history could only proceed differently. How – that constitutes the main focus of this concert season.