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B5: Mahler with Bernarda Fink

Programme:
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3 in D Minor

 

Cast:
Bernarda Fink – mezzo-soprano
Choral Studio Permonik
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno (women’s choir)
Petr Fiala – Choirmaster
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Heiko Mathias Förster – Chief Conductor of the JPO

 

The season ends with the Chief Conductor Concert, where will be presented Symphony by Mahler, which is the largest in range and the most complicated in programme and form, yet the most accessible in the purely musical aspect. Although it uses solo and choir singing, it is a purely orchestral colossus in its core. The authors of the texts set to music are both folk poets and Friedrich Nietzsche. Mahler wanted to extend the standard symphonic plan of four movements to seven movements, eventually, he was content with six movements. He was alternately introducing, changing, and denying this poetic-philosophical pantheistic programme, and the result of this constant creative uncertainty is the tremendous respect to earthly life, the beauty of nature, the transience of man and the eternal power of love.