Saturday, 05. November 2022, 7.00 pm
Munich, Isarphilharmonie
Introduction 5.45 pm


Joseph Haydn
Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat Major, Hob.I:105


Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor

James Gaffigan, Conductor

Ramón Ortega Quero, Oboe

Mor Biron, Bassoon

Radoslaw Szulc, Violin

Giorgi Kharadze, Cello

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

James Gaffigan © Festival des Saint-Denis

It is with great regret that Zubin Mehta has to cancel his upcoming engagements with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks due to an acute state of exhaustion. For the concerts in the Isarphilharmonie on Thursday, 3 and Friday, 4 November, with the pianist Seong-Jin Cho, as well as on Saturday, 5 November, the American conductor James Gaffigan has been engaged at short notice. The respective concert programmes remain unchanged.

about the programme

“My Fifth Symphony is an accursed creation. No one understands it.” Only after Mahler’s death did the initial incomprehension change to admiration for this forward-looking piece. Yearning for death and affirmation of life, Weltschmerz and fulfilment, sorrow and joy: all lie side-by-side in this symphony, as so often in Mahler. It opens with a funeral march, its centre is a Ländler followed by a musical declaration of love, and it ends in an apotheosis. James Gaffigan precedes Mahler’s trailblazing sonic universe with Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante, a work no less modern for its own era. By having four solo instruments (oboe, bassoon, violin and cello) stand out from the orchestral tutti, Haydn situates the piece between an instrumental concerto and a symphony – a welcome task for soloists from the ranks of the orchestra.

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