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Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mahler and Schumann
Royal Festival Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Mahler and Schumann

Date: 19 Mar
Time: 19:30
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Lise Davidsen, soprano

MAHLER Blumine
MAHLER Humoresken (Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, Rhenish

Named Young Artist of the Year 2018 by Gramophone, hailed as "inordinately talented" (What's on Stage) and described as "probably the most spectacular voice the Proms will hear all season" in 2017 (Telegraph), soprano Lise Davidsen has made a meteoric rise to the top of her profession.

She joins Esa-Pekka Salonen for Mahler's Humoresken, a collection of settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

One of the preoccupations of the German Romantics was the collection, adaptation, or simply invention of folk poetry, thought to hold the key to an authentic national identity untarnished by modern, industrial, urban life. In the early 1800s two leading Romantic writers published Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a large and popular collection of such poems that inspired settings by many composers over the ensuing century, most famously Mahler. His richly-scored songs paint vivid sound-pictures of country scenes, love and military life.

The last symphony Schumann wrote, the Rhenish was inspired by a happy holiday with his wife Clara. The second movement evokes the broad, peacefully flowing river, the fourth, with its sombre brass chorales, tells of a ceremony the couple witnessed in Cologne Cathedral, and the work ends in celebratory mood.

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Royal Festival Hall

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.


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