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Gustav Mahler’s Songs

Gustav Mahler’s Songs

To mark the 160th birth anniversary of Gustav Mahler
2020 October 4, Sunday, 16.00
Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Vilnius
STEIN SKJERVOLD (baritone; Norway, Lithuania)
Gustav Mahler’s Songs

GUSTAV MAHLER – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer),
songs from the cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn);
five Rückert-Lieder (Songs after Rückert)

The National Philharmonic Society, singer Stein Skjervold and pianist Dovilė Bagdonaitė dedicate this concert to the 160th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth and invite to enjoy his songs. Resident of Lithuania, baritone Skjervold is well known to our audience. He appears with various groups, often performs early and baroque music. The singer is particularly interested in German Lied. The soloist studied at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, later at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg and the Norwegian Academy of Music. His stage partner, pianist Dovilė Bagdonaitė, has studied in Germany and Lithuania, successfully participated in international piano competitions, and has won the highest awards in seven of them. She performs as both a soloist and chamber musician.

Summarizing Mahler’s work, it can be assumed that the composer focused on two genres: symphony and song. Probably no composer included as much vocals in the symphonies as Mahler. The composer admired the collection of German folk poetry Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), it influenced many of his songs including the namesake cycle and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer). The five songs, written to the texts of the German poet Friedrich Rückert, are part of a collection that was named Sieben Lieder aus Letzter Zeit (Seven Last Songs) after the composer’s death. He worked on them in 1901 while in the resort of Wörthersee, where he also started the Fifth Symphony. Although the Five Songs do not form a cycle, they share contemplative element and emotional restrain, as well as pentatonic mode, gloomy sonorities of wind instruments and harp.

Ticket prices
8 Eur

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