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In this all-Mahler program, Iván Fischer and his boldly original Budapest Festival Orchestra are joined by German contralto Gerhild Romberger for the heart-rending Kindertotenlieder, poignant lamentations on the death of a child. The evening concludes with the arresting Symphony No. 5, an enduring monument to the composer’s belief that “a symphony must be like the world; it must embrace everything.”
“Mahler takes his work completely seriously, as does Fischer, which makes everything tonight thoroughly compelling.”– Frankfurter Rundschau
“The latest installment in Ivan Fischer's near-complete Mahler cycle...renders the myriad beauties of this most wondrous of symphonies into an unforgettable experience.”– Stereophile
“A perfect beauty of a performance, natural sound matching natural evolution and every solo perfectly intoned.”– BBC Music Magazine on Romberger
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm David Geffen Hall
Pre-concert lecture by Christopher H. Gibbs at 6:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse