It is almost inconceivable today that Gustav Mahler’s works were long marginalised in musical life. Bernard Haitink, who has an exceptionally fine feel for the fragmented nature of this music, is one of the conductors who brought about the Mahler renaissance in the 1960s. Mahler, says Haitink, “has always troubled me because he doesn’t validate you”. In this concert, he conducts Mahler’s farewell to the world, the Ninth Symphony.
Among contemporary composers, John Adams is one of the great genre-crossing artists: his music impresses with incredible complexity, but at the same time conveys an unbounded energy that leaves no-one unaffected. In the 2016/17 season, Adams was Artist in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Our documentary Short Rides with John Adams follows this exciting transatlantic collaboration.
Hilary Hahn caused a sensation in the music world at the end of the 1990s as a young violinist who enthralled audiences not only with her perfect technique, but also with her consummate musicianship and creative powers. In this performance of Vieuxtemps’s absurdly virtouso Violin Concerto No. 4, she is accompanied by Tugan Sokhiev who also conducts Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Manfred Symphony in the second part of the concert.