Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Frank Peter Zimmermann
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Prelude to Act 3 and “Good Friday Spell” from “Parsifal”
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Violin Concerto To the memory of an Angel (“To the Memory of an Angel”)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Suite from the Opera “Der Rosenkavalier”
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
The theater becomes a temple, the concert hall a church. In “Parsifal,” his “stage consecration festival play,” Richard Wagner brought Good Friday along with the Last Supper onto the stage. The sacred aura of this work has been so far reaching that it remains the custom to this day to refrain from applause after the first act. Alban Berg, for his part, imagined his Violin Concerto as a Requiem for Manon Gropius, who died prematurely, by incorporating the Bach chorale “Es ist genug” (“It is enough”) into the heart of the score. Frank Peter Zimmermann, the foremost interpreter of this concerto today, will perform as soloist. But the second half turns from the sacred to the profane when the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Daniele Gatti explore varieties of the waltz: first, in a down-to-earth, Bavarian and burlesque style for the “Rosenkavalier” Suite of Richard Strauss, followed by the intoxicating and frenzied “La Valse” of Maurice Ravel. His orchestral “poème chorégraphique,” which was written immediately after the First World War, comes across as a swan song to Old Europe, to the Habsburg monarchy, to the “world of yesterday.”
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