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Mariss Jansons & Diana Damrau

Thursday, 24. January 2019, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal
Introduction 6.45 pm

Friday, 25. January 2019, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal
Introduction 6.45 pm


Richard Strauss
Four Last Songs, TrV 296


Anton Bruckner
Mass No. 3 F minor, WAB 28 (Grand Mass)

Mariss Jansons, Conductor

Diana Damrau, Soprano

Sally Matthews, Soprano

Karen Cargill, Mezzo-Soprano

Ilker Arcayürek, Tenor

Stanislav Trofimov, Bass

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mariss Jansons is the principal conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and his joint projects with the chorus, headed by Howard Arman, are invariably highlights of the concert season. Now, for the first time in his Munich era, Maestro Jansons will conduct a Bruckner Mass, and since he is a great Bruckner conductor his choice fell on Mass No. 3 in F minor. Laid out on a symphonic scale, this monumental creation offers the Bavarian Radio Choir and the quartet of young solo vocalists ingratiating tasks ranging from lyrical cantilena to mighty jubilation. Not by accident, the use of a solo violin and the introverted inflection recall Bruckner’s model, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. In the first half of the concert listeners can again welcome the soprano Diana Damrau, last heard with the Bavarian RSO in their “Klassik am Odeonsplatz” series. This time the Strauss specialist will treat listeners to the other-worldly beauty of the Four Last Songs, a work perfectly in tune with the crepuscule mood of Bruckner’s mysticism. Three settings of poems by Hesse lead to the Eichendorff setting “Im Abendrot” (At Sunset), which ends with the question “Is this perhaps Death?” – a question left unanswered, but lightened by a tranquil postlude from the orchestra.

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