classical music

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mahler & Schumann

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

The conductor leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in music by the Romantic composers, with soprano Lise Davidsen.

Named Young Artist of the Year 2018 by Gramophone, hailed as ‘inordinately talented’ (What’s on Stage) and described as ‘probably the most spectacular voice the Proms will hear all season’ in 2017 (Telegraph), Davidsen has made a meteoric rise to the top of her profession.

She joins Salonen and the Philharmonia for Mahler’s Humoresken, a collection of settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

One of the preoccupations of the German Romantics was the collection, adaptation, or simply invention of folk poetry, thought to hold the key to an authentic national identity untarnished by modern, industrial, urban life.

In the early 1800s two leading Romantic writers published Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a large and popular collection of such poems that inspired settings by many composers over the ensuing century, most famously Mahler.

His richly scored songs paint vivid sound-pictures of country scenes, love and military life.

The last symphony Schumann wrote, the Rhenish, was inspired by a happy holiday with his wife Clara.

The second movement evokes the broad, peacefully flowing river, the fourth, with its sombre brass chorales, tells of a ceremony the couple witnessed in Cologne Cathedral, and the work ends in celebratory mood.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Lise Davidsen soprano

Repertoire

Mahler: Blumine (Andante) from Symphony No.1; Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Humoresken)
Interval
Schumann: Symphony No.3 in E flat (Rhenish), Op.97

Dates & times

19 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 130 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.