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Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern at Royal Albert Hall, London

Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern at Royal Albert Hall, London
Prom 36: Mahler, Wagner and Webern
(Courtesy:Royal Albert Hall)

BBC Proms presents Prom 36 which ambitiously celebrates the music of Mahler, Wagner and Webern on August 9. The Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, its Principal Conductor embark on a musical journey which begins with an aphorism and reaches the epic. Royal Albert Hall’s website says about the concert that barely six minutes long, Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra distils expression down to its most concentrated form, every musical gesture carrying infinite weight and color. 

In contrast, Richard Wagner’s Die Walkure, the second instalment of his monumental Ring cycle, explores musical expansion and amplitude, offering an all-consuming vision of illicit love. At the midpoint of these two is the Adagio from Mahler’s 10th Symphony. It is music that gushes towards eternity and immortality but the composer’s death left the work tragically unfinished. This concert intends to revisit the great works of these maestros and make it a memorable experience for the audience.

Gustav Mahler, the Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer, was one of the leading conductors of his generation. His work bridged the gap between 19th century Austro-German tradition and the early 20th century’s modernism. His work gained popularity only after periods of neglect, including a ban on its performance in most of Europe during the Nazi era. It was only after 1945, that his compositions were rediscovered by a new generation of listeners.

Richard Wagner, the multifaceted German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. He endeavored to synthesize the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music as subsidiary to drama. He realized these ideas in the first half of Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), the four-opera cycle.

Anton Webern, the Austrian composer and conductor, along with Arnold Schoenberg, his mentor and his colleague Alban Berg, was in at the core of those who represented the circle of the Second Viennese School, which also comprised of Ernst Krenek and Theodor W. Adorno. Wilhelm was a known exponent of atonality and the twelve-tone technique. His style of work influenced his contemporaries like Luigi Dallapiccola, Křenek, and Schoenberg too, even though he was Webern’s teacher. Webern guided many musicians of his generation and influenced Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Philipp Herschkowitz, Rene Leibowitz, Arnold Elston, Frederick Dorian, Matty Niel, Fre Focke, Humphrey Searle, Leopold Spinner, and Stefan Wolpe in various ways.

The concert is on August 9, 2018 at Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

For details, visit https://www.royalalberthall.com/

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