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Glass & Mahler – and the world beyond

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Thu, 1. December 2022 | 12:30 UhrKKL Luzern, Konzertsaal

LUNCH CONCERT 2 World premiere on the occasion of Philip Glass' 85th birthday

  • Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

    • «Du bist die Ruh» D776

    • «Nacht und Träume» D827

  • Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)

    • Rückert-Lieder: «Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen»

    • Symphony No. 4: «Das himmlische Leben» (arrangement for piano and baritone)

    • Symphony No. 2: «Urlicht» (arrangement for piano and baritone)

  • Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)

    • «Traum durch die Dämmerung» op. 29 No.1

    • «Allerseelen» 0p. 10 No.8

  • Philip Glass (* 1937)
    World premiere for the composer’s 85th birthday

    • Three Songs for Baritone & Piano:

    • Nr. 1 «Lightning’s Blue Glare» from «Hydrogen Jukebox»

    • No. 2 «Let the Letter Read You» from «Monsters of Grace»

    • No. 3 «Where Everything Is Music» from «Monsters of Grace»

When Franz Schubert, at the age of seventeen, set the Goethe poem “Gretchen am Spinnrade” in 1814, the Romantic German piano song was born and a new era dawned. “Du bist die Ruh” and “Nacht und Träume” are among his most accomplished musical dreamscapes. The same is true of Mahler’s “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”. It is a deeply moving farewell to the outward “worldly turmoil”, a retreat into one’s own self, into one’s own song. “Urlicht” also pronounces earthly man‘s longing for heaven and the “eternally blissful life”. For his 75 songs with piano, Richard Strauss also deserves a worthy place in the pantheon of important Lied composers. Martin Achrainer and Maki Namekawa crown their atmospheric song programme with a world premiere by Philip Glass. As one of the most performed living composers of our time, he confronts for the first time the classical Lied in its purest form: voice and piano.

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