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Mahler with Blomstedt

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LIVESTREAM Saturday 27 April 15.00 CET
Conductor Herbert Blomstedt has turned 90, but has a baffling mental and physical presence on the podium.

He discovered Mahler as chief conductor in Dresden at the end of the 1970s. “I read a lot there about the history and traditions of European Jews, about the village musicians and the songs that expressed both longing and grief. Mahler’s first symphony has a theme from a Jewish folksong, which I perceived as an equivalent of Beethoven’s picture of folk life, adapted for a symphonic context. And I saw how brilliantly orchestrated it was! Since then, I love his music.”

Like Mahler, Haydn also lived and worked in Vienna, but Symphony No. 104, the London Symphony, was, obviously, composed in the British capital, where Haydn, with the help of driven promoter Solomon, had become the talk of the town. No wonder with such fanciful and inspired music!

Programme

Haydn Symphony No 104 “London” 29 min
Intermission25 min
Mahler Symphony No 1 54 min

Participants

Gothenburg Symphony
Herbert Blomstedt conductor

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