Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gustav Mahler's Resurrection Symphony Finale Performed by Orchestre National de France & Chœur de Radio France, Conducted by Chung Myung-whun

"Chung Myung-whun once said he became a conductor because the piano could not express the colorful timbres of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies," begins this report, with happy news for Seoulites "as the 57-year-old maestro leads the 125-member Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra on Aug. 26 to launch the first concert of the one-and-half-year Mahler series" — Seoul Phil to demonstrate might through Mahler series. More:
    It will be the first time for the Korean audience to enjoy live performance of all of Mahler’s great symphonic works. The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra has prepared the lofty series to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer‘s birth and 100th anniversary of his death. The genius composer, who lived from 1860 to 1911, is hailed for acting as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. Mahler became one of the most frequently performed and recorded composers after 1945 and remains so up to this day.

    The Seoul Phil’s 2010 season includes the Symphonies No. 2, 10, 1 and 3. The 2011 performance schedule includes the Symphonies No. 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 8 in this order.
Here's a previously posted performance of what will be the first in the series in its entirety — Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony ("Resurrection") Performed by the U.C. Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus, and Alumni Chorus, D. Kern Holoman.

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Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

I have never felt a stranger [in America], for I have always been enveloped in music, invigorated by the knowledge of great thoughts. More than that--how could I have lost my home when...I had the good fortune to speak the super-national language of music?
-- Bruno Walter, from liner notes to Mahler's Ninth Symphony,Columbia Odyssey Records lp

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