Part of SA1 Saturday Evening 1
About This Performance
Dudamel’s fascinating and inspired survey of Schubert symphonies combined with orchestral songs by Mahler reaches its apex with this final program.
Schubert’s final two symphonies are sublime masterpieces, light years away from his earlier work. He fully intended to finish what we know as the “Unfinished” Symphony, but as it stands, the two extant movements complement each other and form a satisfying aesthetic whole. Here Schubert creates an exalted sound world with complete mastery of large-scale form, displaying broad lyric themes, grand orchestral effects, emotional outbursts, and tremendous power. On a huge scale, it manages to feel personal and intimate.
With his Ninth, which very well may have been his way to pay tribute to Beethoven (he had been a pallbearer for the great man), Schubert goes even further, creating what may be considered his greatest work. From the noble horn theme of the first movement, through the lyrical second with its plaintive oboe and the Scherzo, which recalls Beethoven’s Ninth, to the urgent momentum of the high spirited finale, the vast work is considered a timeless work of genius, beloved for generations.
Coming between these two monumental pillars are selected examples of Mahler’s characteristic settings of charming folk poetry from The Youth’s Magic Horn. Once again, we are graced by the exceedingly gifted Elīna Garanča: “Garanča’s voice is one-in-a-million, allying grace and power to a commanding authority” (The Independent).
Schubert Symphonies/Mahler Songs was supported by an Edgerton Foundation grant.
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