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The Mahler Resurrection Symphony in Budapest 


“O Röschen rot!

Der Mensch liegt in größter Not!

Der Mensch liegt in größter Pein!

Je lieber möcht’ ich im Himmel sein”

 

This concert is a continuation of my project to interpret the Mahler symphonies and the great German symphonic repertoire. It is extremely demanding from an emotional point of view to be conducting the “Resurrection” Symphony at this time: today this opera touches our conscience, just as it did at the end of the nineteenth century. It overflows with a magnificent cascade of music and singing which tell of bewilderment as humanity is torn apart. Throughout his life as a composer, Mahler searched for the key to such torment. Today, we attempt to enter this world of suffering expressed through the vertiginous splendour of music, hoping (as the composer did) to encounter the idea of “resurrection”. I am taking on the challenge of this masterpiece together with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, both of which I hold in great esteem. With them I made my discographic debut in 2013, continuing to develop a special musical relationship, culminating with the Dvořák Stabat Mater which I conducted in 2017 and a programme entirely dedicated to Richard Strauss in 2019 (Four Last Songs and An Alpine Symphony), both performed at Müpa Budapest