Mahler’s overwhelming tribute to the world.
Viola Concerto (Belgian Premiere) — Jörg Widmann
Symphony No. 9 — Gustav Mahler
Orchestre de Paris
Daniel Harding — Conductor
Antoine Tamestit — Viola
Composer Alban Berg gave the following description of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9: “The first part is the most glorious of what Mahler ever wrote. It is the expression of an unheard-of love for this earth”. According to the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan, the music came from “another world, from eternity”. Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 is a stunning ode to this world, and it exceeds this world at the same time. From each note speak passion and yearning, emotional impulses and nervousness. Before this great masterpiece, the internationally renowned Orchestre de Paris, conducted by chief conductor Daniel Harding, and Antoine Tamestit will perform the Belgian première of Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto. Tamestit describes Widmann’s concerto as “theatrical, poignant and full of surprises”. It is thus a perfect match for Mahler’s symphony.